Cardinals meet ahead of conclave to elect new pope
Amy Kellogg reports from Rome
- Duration 3:41
- Date Mar 4, 2013
Amy Kellogg reports from Rome
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All eyes are on Rome this morning where the cardinals from around the world are gathering for their first round of talks.
They're gonna decide when they'll decide about the next Pope welcome to a brand new hour.
On this Monday morning and America's news in great to see everybody -- like an account.
I'm Bill Hemmer good morning they they have to make a decision soon but today's meetings also help identify.
The top candidates to lead the world's one point two billion Catholics.
A field which remains wide open with possible candidates from just about every corner of the globe the moment.
This cardinal Dolan we -- lacking in in some of those other faces will become very familiar to everybody marries.
Amy Kellogg joins us live in -- so what more do we know about the exciting happenings there today Amy.
I have to save -- the scenes outside of Saint Peter's Square today were not really consistent.
With the solemn undertaking that is about to begin it was actually crazy with.
Getting their camera lenses -- right up -- you know.
Into the car windows of that cardinals as they made their way towards the senate -- for this congregation and the reporters.
Absolutely -- every cardinal.
As he made his way to the meeting I have to say.
That actually it was just reminiscent of -- scene outside a courtroom more than anything else but -- cardinals cardinals were taking it well they were smiling.
But frankly they revealed absolutely nothing now the meeting.
Just got under way today and they had an afternoon break we had a briefing from some of the US cardinals -- say so far it's really been about.
And nothing more.
They have taken the -- most to keep the proceedings of the conclave.
Secret ones that began we spoke to cardinals.
World of Washington yesterday on what he hopes is achieved here in Rome.
-- course -- to someone.
-- it's the work of teachers today is to get the gospel out there to invite people to experience got all over again.
To invite people into that wonderful relationship with god all over again we -- too many people who I think the haven't really had that invitation.
People who may.
They feel they they know -- the church has to say -- it doesn't have.
Much meaning to them we -- -- -- who keeps reminding us.
Such beautiful spiritual side -- side and we need to share.
Cardinal George from Chicago.
Cited saint Thomas decline is today saying that they -- that they well.
Take their time deliberating but ultimately -- be very quick to make their decision.
-- say they will decide when they'll began the actual conclave as part of today and then how does that -- actually working me.
-- -- now the congregation really is a chance for everyone to talk about what's on their minds.
And some of the older cardinals those were eighty you know over who cannot take part in the conclave.
Can give they're sort of elder advice once the conclave begins it is really very prayerful -- -- they have to take an oath before they cast each vote each time I believe that -- is in Latin.
And one of the little tidbits of information -- found quite.
Interesting about all of this is that they they have to disguise their handwriting as best they can't when they cast that secret ballots because they really want this to be.
So interesting Amy is going to be fascinating to watch this process there is so much high hopes I -- -- terms of this election.
We will be watching you all the time Amy thanks so much cinematic --