March 1st, 2013
10:46 AM ET

Cardinals look to future after Benedict's exit

By Laura Smith-Spark, Richard Allen Greene and Hada Messia, CNN

Rome (CNN) - With the dust still settling from Benedict XVI's historic resignation as pope, the focus in Rome turns to the future Friday as Roman Catholic cardinals prepare to meet to discuss a timetable for picking the new pontiff.

A letter issued by the dean of the College of Cardinals on Friday calls the cardinals to come together Monday morning for the first in a series of meetings, known as general congregations.

There will be a second session Monday afternoon, according to the letter from Cardinal Angelo Sodano.

One of the cardinals' first tasks will be agreeing when to hold the secret election, or conclave, in which they will pick Benedict's successor.

However, the date for the conclave may not be set Monday, Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said Friday.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Catholic Church • Pope • Pope Benedict XVI

March 1st, 2013
10:41 AM ET

Cardinal: CNN influence in pope process

(CNN)–Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago, on how CNN's reporting could influence the selection of the next pope.

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Filed under: Belief • Catholic Church • Pope Benedict XVI

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