The cardinals are expected to set the date of the conclave today or tomorrow as they begin a week of General Congregation meetings.
Libyan authorities have arrested 48 Egyptian Coptic Orthodox traders after accusations of proselytism.
Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill has praised the Pope Emeritus for his “uncompromising and consistent” leadership.
Fr Federico Lombardi suggests that “the legacy of Pope Benedict is today an invitation to all to prayer and responsibility“.
Rocco Palmo advises excited Vatican-watchers to remember that “the moment ahead is a marathon, not a sprint“.
And a new website offers you the chance to take part in a fantasy conclave.
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