Cardinals begin process of choosing new pope

By John Waage

CardinalsThe Roman Catholic cardinals who will elect a new pope to succeed Benedict XVI are arriving at the Vatican and have held their first meeting since the pope officially left office on Friday.

Benedict became the first pontiff in 600 years to resign rather than die in office. One 21st Century reflection of the change is the papal Twitter page, where Benedict’s picture has been deleted and his tweets moved to another area of the website.

Monday’s meeting of the cardinals opened in prayer, and each cardinal took an oath of secrecy, pledging to keep quiet about matters related to the election of the next pope.

The cardinals have not yet set a date for the election because some of the 115 cardinals who will vote have not yet arrived in Rome.