March 1st, 2013
07:13 AM ET

Church's cardinals to start meeting Monday

The events that will lead to the election of a new pope are starting to take shape.

The Catholic Church's cardinals will start general congregations - meetings that precede a conclave to elect a new pope - on Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the Vatican (3:30 a.m. ET), with a second session set for later that day, according to a letter issued Friday by the dean of the College of Cardinals.

Setting a date for the conclave to elect the new pope will be among the items on the agenda. The previous pope, Benedict XVI, resigned Thursday.

Possible papal contenders

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  1. Bubba

    He better not be...or there will be a lot of converts....

    March 1, 2013 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Cardinals are really pretty. I had a couple flying around in my yard this morning.

    March 1, 2013 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Dominic


      March 1, 2013 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Did I touch a nerve there Dominic. Lovely name by the way.

      March 1, 2013 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    lol @bobcat

    March 1, 2013 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tvnyc

    Why do they have to meet, we all know the next pope will be black from Ghana named Peter the Roman.

    March 1, 2013 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |