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Conclave should start March 15

Cardinals will gather in Vatican to elect next pontiff

13 February, 15:33
Conclave should start March 15

(ANSA) - Rome, February 13 - The conclave to elect the next pope will begin 15-20 days after Benedict XVI steps down on February 28, Vatican Spokesman Federico Lombardi said on Wednesday.

"If all goes well, it will start on March 15," Lombardi said.

Cardinals will gather from around the world for the vote.

The conclave procedures for electing the next pope follow strict guidelines to ensure that the vote is valid and remains secret.