West Michigan’s 200,000 Catholics Prepare for Conclave

Posted at 12:09 PM, Mar 08, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-08 12:21:06-05

ROME, Italy — Proceedings to choose the world’s next pope of the Catholic Church will begin next week.

According to CNN, the Catholic cardinals will gather Tuesday to begin the conclave, or secret election to elects their new pope.

Friday morning, the cardinals voted to accept the letters of explanation of two cardinal-electors who are eligible to vote for the next pope but will not attend the conclave: Keith O’Brien of Scotland and Julius Rivadi Darmaatmadja of Indonesia.

Darmaatmadja cited health reasons, and O’Brien cited personal reasons.