ROME: Sixty four of the eighty two members of the College of Cardinals are now in Rome to prepare for the election of a new Pope.
Film shows various cardinals in rome today and furniture being delivered.
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Background: ROME: Sixty four of the eighty two members of the College of Cardinals are now in Rome to prepare for the election of a new Pope. The Conclave convenes next Wednesday when the cardinals will be locked inside the palace and allowed no contact with persons outside until they have decided who shall be the next pope.
Intensive private efforts have been going on to reduce to a manageable six the list of candidates to succeed Pope John. Most people think the cardinals will be able to agree on a new Pope in a few days but there has some speculation that this conclave may run longer than usual because of the distinctions in policy developing between the progressives and the conservatives. The next pope will probably be an italian once more.
Furniture was being moved into the Papal palace today for the rooms the cardinals will occupy from next wednesday until they elect a Pope. They chose by lots the cells they will live in while the secret consistory lasts.
Film shows various Cardinals in Rome today and furniture being delivered.