March 8th, 2013
11:57 AM ET

Cardinals set pope election date

The Catholic cardinals gathered in Rome voted Friday to begin the secret election, or conclave, to elect a new pope next Tuesday afternoon, the Vatican said.

The 115 cardinal-electors taking part in the conclave will enter the closed-door process after a morning Mass, the Vatican said. Only those younger than 80 are eligible to vote.

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  1. bobcat (in a hat)©

    The Pope calls a meeting of all the cardinals. When they have all assembled at the Vatican, he takes them into the meeting hall and states, "I have some really fantastic news and some very terrible news." Of course, all the cardinals want to hear the good news first, so the Pope tells them, "Jesus Christ has returned to the world. The time of judgement is at hand, and our faith in his existence is justified."After the commotion dies down a bit, one of the cardinals speaks up, asking what the terrible news is. The Pope replies, "He was callingfrom Salt Lake City.

    March 8, 2013 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      *Groan* LOL!

      March 8, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Ah, thank you, thank you very much. ( insert hip swivel here )

      March 8, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BOMBO

    Next Tuesday? Whoah, I'd better get down there and vote. Now where did I put my red toque?

    March 8, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |