Cardinals flock to Rome to begin choosing next pope

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The Archbishop of Boston Cardinal Seán O'Malley, OFM, Cap. catches up on the news aboard a flight to Rome on Tuesday, February 26, 2013. Cardinal O’Malley will be joining his fellow cardinals for a meeting with the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday, February 28, 2013.  RNS photo by Gregory L. Tracy, The Pilot.

The Archbishop of Boston Cardinal Seán O'Malley, OFM, Cap. catches up on the news aboard a flight to Rome on Tuesday, February 26, 2013. Cardinal O’Malley will be joining his fellow cardinals for a meeting with the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday, February 28, 2013. RNS photo by Gregory L. Tracy, The Pilot.

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) As former pope Benedict XVI started his retired life in the papal villa in Castel Gandolfo on Friday (March 1), cardinals in Rome began preparations that will lead up to the closed-door conclave to elect his successor.

  • Mack Hall

    “Flock?” Why “flock?”

  • Mike Murphy

    Why not?
    Definition of FLOCK
    1: a group of animals (as birds or sheep) assembled or herded together
    2: a group under the guidance of a leader; especially : a church congregation
    3: a large number

  • mortimer zilch

    Benedict will bind Satan during the conclave.

  • JCR

    Make way for “Peter the Roman.”

  • Scola on the first day. Either Pius XIII or John Paul III.