March 10, 2013 Preparations at the site of Tuesday's papal conclave include a high-tech scrubbing of the chapel for bugs and electronic monitoring equipment. Wi-Fi will be blocked throughout Vatican City, and cardinals with Twitter and Facebook accounts have been warned.
March 8, 2013 After a special Mass, the closed-door gathering to choose a successor to the now-retired Pope Benedict XVI will begin.
March 7, 2013 At the Vatican, cardinals continue to noodle over when to hold the conclave to choose the next pope. There has been intense global interest in the process, and American cardinals have been at the forefront in briefing reporters and controlling the message. But the Americans have been told to put a lid on it.
March 6, 2013 Alleging that the cardinals either ignored or covered up cases of sexual abuse involving priests, the groups are pushing to keep those cardinals from being part of the deliberations. The cardinals have either not commented or denied wrongdoing.
March 5, 2013 Roman Catholic cardinals are in Rome and are discussing when to begin their formal deliberations on a successor to Pope Benedict XVI. On Monday, a German man pretending to be a bishop tried to get into one of their meetings. The Swiss Guards led him away.
March 4, 2013 The College of Cardinals must first decide on a date for the start of the conclave at which the new pope will be elected. It's likely they'll decide to start sometime next week. Pope Benedict XVI officially stepped down last Thursday.
March 4, 2013 The College of Cardinals is holding its first official meetings Monday at the Vatican. Some want the conclave to start as soon as possible; others want time to get to know each other. The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI has posed challenges for the cardinals as they set out to choose the next pope.