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Papal conclave to begin on Tuesday

The secret election to select a new Pope for the Roman Catholic Church will begin on Tuesday.
Rome (WSYR-TV/CNN) – The secret election to select a new Pope for the Roman Catholic Church will begin on Tuesday.

Cardinals gathered in Rome on Friday to determine which day to begin the process in the wake of Pope Benedict XVI's retirement.

CNN and other national news outlets report that, on Tuesday, the conclave will begin following a morning Mass. 115 Cardinals will participate. Only those Cardinals who are under the age of 80 may vote.

According to ABC News, some of the candidates being considered are American. A story on the network’s website indicated that Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York is being strongly considered, along with Archbishop Sean O’Malley of Boston.

Both clerics are among the Cardinals gathered in Rome.

For a list of figures projected as possible replacements for Pope Benedict XVI, visit ABC News.

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