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American cardinals decide to no longer meet the press

Leaks in story reportedly fueled prelates’ silence

ROME — American cardinals preparing for the conclave to elect a new pope abruptly canceled a press conference Wednesday and said they would hold no more briefings, shuttering one of the liveliest sources of information about the papal election.

The US cardinals said in a statement that they were committed to transparency, but that the College of Cardinals had agreed not to speak to reporters until after the conclave because of an Italian news report that contained leaked information about the cardinals’ confidential meetings.

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