So what comes next?

This morning Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Dean of the College of Cardinals, invited all Cardinals to the first meeting of the General Congregation of Cardinals to take place in the Synod Hall at the Vatican on Monday, March 4, at 9:30 a.m. There will be another meeting at 5:00 p.m. on the same day.

The General Congregation is a time when the Cardinals can discuss the state of the Church, and also talk about the qualities they feel are needed in the person who is to become the next Pope. This may take several days of meetings, in which the Cardinals get to know one another.

Once the Cardinals feel that they have discussed enough, they will set the date for the beginning of the Conclave to elect the successor to Benedict XVI.

So, folks, there is no way to guess how long all of this will take before the date is set for the Conclave.

Pray for the Cardinals, and stay tuned!

The Concho Padre

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