Cardinals Split on How Soon to Select New Pope

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The cardinals are meeting on Tuesday for the second day in Rome to finalize the arrangements to eventually elect a new leader of the Roman Catholic Church. Vatican spokesman, Rev. Federico Lombardi, informed that the last 5, out of the total 115, cardinals eligible as a candidate of the election to select the successor of Pope Benedict XVI are projected to arrive in the city on Tuesday.

The cardinals yet to arrive at the destination include Egyptian Patriarch Antonios Naguib, Cardinals Karl Lehmann of Germany, Jean-Baptiste Pham of Vietnam, Kazimierz Nycz of Poland and John Tong Hon of Hong Kong. An official date for the conclave which will determine the next pontiff, through an election, will be decided once after all cardinals arrive. An analyst from Rome asserted that multiple factions are approaching for different dates for the conclave. It was elaborated that “cardinals [who live] in Rome would like to push the date up as soon as possible, because they have political advantage, in a sense.” Furthermore, since “they live in Rome, they know the lay of the land, and they know the candidates much better.”

On the other hand, the Cardinals who do not belong to the town will be wanting more time, as they as plugged into the Vatican network. It was suspected that “people’s positions will get solidified, and they’ll go into the voting with a much clearer of who they want to vote for.” The 2005 conclave that resulted in the election of Benedict required four votes over two days.

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