Cardinals Begin Pope Vote on Tuesday

    In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, cardinals attend a meeting, at the Vatican, Monday, March 4, 2013. Cardinals from around the world have gathered inside the Vatican for their first round of meetings before the conclave to elect the next pope, amid scandals inside and out of the Vatican and the continued reverberations of Benedict XVI's decision to retire. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)

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    The Roman Catholic cardinals, who gathered Friday at the Vatican to discuss the church’s many problems, have settled on Tuesday as the date when they will seclude themselves inside the Sistine Chapel to determine the next pope, according to an email transmitted by the Vatican's press office. As of now, there is no clear favorite to succeed Pope Benedict but it is likely that a new pontiff will be elected by the end of next week.

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