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Vatican: Pope may change rules to allow replacement vote sooner
Pope Benedict XVI walks in front the crib as he attends the Christmas night mass at the St. Peter's Basilica on December 24, 2012 in Vatican City.
February 20th, 2013
10:47 AM ET

Vatican: Pope may change rules to allow replacement vote sooner

From Hada Messia, CNN

(CNN) - Pope Benedict XVI is considering changing the Vatican constitution to allow a vote for his successor to begin before March 15, Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said Wednesday.

Benedict, 85, shocked the world last week when he announced his intention to stand down effective February 28, citing the frailty of old age.

Existing rules say the Roman Catholic Church's cardinals should start voting on a replacement from 15 to 20 days after the papal throne becomes vacant. With Benedict's resignation due to start February 28, the cardinals' conclave ordinarily would start no sooner than March 15.

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Christianity • Pope Benedict XVI

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  1. Banjo Ferret

    A religion changing its own rules to further a purpose? This shocks Tim the Destroyer of Worlds. Ferretianism is the one true religion. Repent! (banjoferret d c)

    February 23, 2013 at 10:05 am |
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