Benedict may issue document on conclave rules
Lombardi does not rule out changes to enable early start20 February, 15:31
The Vatican initially said that the conclave would not take place until 15 to 20 days after Benedict leaves the position on February 28, in accordance with Church rules.
But at the weekend Lombardi said the conclave may start earlier, given that the pope has not died, but has quit.
Many cardinals are already in Rome and they have begun informal talks about what sort of person the next pope should be.
"I don't know whether he (Benedict) will deem it necessary or opportune to provide clarifications about the issue of when the conclave starts," said Lombardi.