From Catholic News Agency
The conclave to choose the next Pope will likely begin between 9 and 11 March.
The possibility of foregoing the normal 15-day waiting period for opening a conclave had been raised by Pope Benedict XVI announcing that he will resign on 28 February, giving everyone 17 days advanced notice of his intention.
On 25 Feburary, Pope Benedict XVI changed Church law allowing cardinals to vote earlier for the new Pope, provided that they are all in Rome.
“Pope Benedict XVI allows for the College of Cardinals to begin the Conclave before 15 days have passed from the beginning of the sede vacante, providing that all voting cardinals are present,” Archbishop Pier Luigi Celata said at the Holy See’s press office.
The Pope’s 25 February “motu proprio”, a decree written on his own initiative, means that the cardinals will no longer have to wait 15 days to elect the new head of the Church.
But the exact date when the voting will begin remains unknown until the cardinals hold their initial general meetings, according to the Holy See’s press office director, Father Federico Lombardi.
Fr Lombardi also said that the cardinals may not announce the date of the conclave until after they meet a second time.
However, a Vatican official speaking on background to Catholic News Agency on 24 Feburary said that the dates being discussed for the start of the conclave to elect Benedict XVI’s successor are somewhere between 9 and 11 March.
Original CNA reports:
Conclave expected between 9 and 11 March
Pope Benedict allows earlier conclave, extends secrecy oath
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