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Discord in Rome greets cardinals on eve of conclave

O’Malley calls self unlikely pick

This week, all eyes fall on the College of Cardinals in Rome as it prepares to choose a new pope to follow Benedict XVI. But the tableau is rife with Vatican rivalry and controversy.

The tone is somber as the princes of the church gather Monday for general discussions, and to begin deciding when to hold the conclave to elect the next pope. Most Vatican analysts believe it will begin by the end of this week or early next week, so prelates can return to their dioceses in time for Palm Sunday on March 24.

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