The Church's 75th Conclave will begin Tuesday 12th March.
The news came a little earlier than expected, at 5.30pm Rome time, when the Vatican released the following message:
"The eighth General Congregation of the College of Cardinals has decided that the Conclave will begin on Tuesday, 12 March 2013. A “pro eligendo Romano Pontifice” Mass [for the election of a Roman Pontiff] will be celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica that morning. In the afternoon, the cardinals will enter into the Conclave."
The 115 cardinal electors will begin moving into the Domus Sanctae Marthae residence adjacent to St Peter’s basilica on Monday. Their apartments are allocated by drawing lots.
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