Transcript for Conclave Countdown: Cardinals Prepare for Election Ritual
Now to the vatican tomorrow cardinals from all over the world will start meeting and officially start the process of finding a successor to pope benedict. We're expecting the cardinals to perhaps set a date for the conclave, that ancient and secret election ritual inside the sistine chapel where a new pope will be chosen. Abc's david wright is in rome once again this morning. David, good morning. Reporter: Good morning, dan. This is the first sunday in eight years without a pope and that means no blessing and prayer from the window today and it means tomorrow they'll begin in earnest to process of choosing his successor. ♪ it's not the start of the conclave but rather a precursor to that event. On friday the dean of the college of cardinals summoned all of them to attend what's called a general congregation starting 9:30 monday morning. It's a series of meetings about the state of the church. The cardinals will have formal discussions, they'll hear sermons, but they won't nominate or even discuss any candidates. Discussing specific cardinals is strictly forbidden. We're not going to hear any campaign speeches at these meetings. We're going to hear rather subtle hints dropped perhaps about who might be able to lead the church or what calls we need in a new pope. Reporter: The conclave itself is limited to the cardinals who are younger than 80. But the general congregation includes the older cardinals, as well. A chance for them to weigh in and share their experience. While they're meeting workers will prepare the election venue inactustalling a stove in the most famous of all of christiandom. Installing electronic devices to jam cell phone communication to prevent any other way of communicating the results but inside the sistine chapel just yesterday along with hundreds of other tourists, dan and bulgari.
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