Cardinals set Tuesday as start date for conclave

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by NICOLE WINFIELD

Associated Press

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 8 at 6:30 PM

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Cardinals have set Tuesday March 12 as the start date for the conclave to elect the next pope.

The Vatican press office said the decision was taken during a vote Friday afternoon of the College of Cardinals.
 
Tuesday will begin with a Mass in the morning, followed by the first balloting in the afternoon.

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