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More than 150 cardinals started Monday in the Vatican’s Synod Hall a meeting that represents e the first steps toward electing a new pope.
The cardinals who will choose the successor of Pope Benedict XVI met for three hours in the morning and they will meet again in the early evening.
The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI is behind the most important Congregation of Cardinals since Vatican Council II in the 1960s.
The cardinals must decide on the date for the conclave and set in place procedures to prepare for it, yet a date may not be set until all cardinals arrive in Rome.
Meanwhile, scandals continue to rock the Vatican, as one of the cardinals will not participate after he admitted he engaged in sexual misconduct.
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