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Vatican waiting on 5 cardinals for conclave

3 years 6 months 3 weeks ago March 05, 2013 Mar 5, 2013 Tuesday, March 05 2013 March 05, 2013 6:38 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

VATICAN CITY - The Vatican is now waiting for five more cardinals to reach Rome before setting the date for the conclave to elect a new pope.

The Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said another handful of cardinals had arrived Monday night, bringing the number of voting-age cardinals up to 110 of the 115 expected to take part.

During the second day of pre-conclave meetings, cardinals asked for information about the management of the Vatican bureaucracy - and managers responded - after cardinals said they wanted to get to the bottom of allegations of corruption and cronyism in the Holy See's governance.

Also today, cardinals signed off on a telegram sent to Benedict XVI thanking him for his "brilliant" ministry and his "untiring work in the vineyard of the Lord."

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