“Cardinals begin to see Vatican secrecy as the problem” 1


By Mark Phillips


VATICAN CITY — Officially, the conclave to choose a new pope does not convene until Tuesday. Unofficially, the speculation goes on, with the names of at least two cardinals from the U.S. prominent in the mix.

One hundred fifteen cardinals will vote – and Sunday, for them, was a day of rest and prayer.

The bells that rang out across Rome on what could be the last Sunday before there’s a new pope, or what might have been the opening bells of round one of the papal election.

Around the city, the cardinals whose names have been bandied about on speculative lists of potential popes were on display. No campaigning here, of course, but everybody knows who they are and what they represent.


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