Roman Catholic

Cardinals Summoned to the Vatican to Pick Next Pope

Conclave to begin on Monday

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The Vatican on Friday officially summoned cardinals to the Holy See to begin preparations for electing the new leader of the Catholic Church, a day after Benedict XVI resigned to a life of seclusion.

Angelo Sodano, Dean of the College of Cardinals, set the first General Congregation of Cardinals for Monday at 9.30 a.m. (2 p.m. IST). A second meeting is slated for 5 p.m. (9.30 p.m. IST) the same day.