Institutions Cardinals flock to Rome to begin choosing next pope By Alessandro Speciale | March 1, 2013 ShareTweet EmailPrint More More on Institutions Subscribe to Institutions 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. Active RNS subscribers and members can view this content by logging-in here.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.