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Pope could issue 'possible adjustments' to conclave rules

Vatican City, February 21 - The pope could issue a
special statement on the rules of the upcoming conclave to elect
his successor, without permanently changing the substance of the
rules, a Vatican spokesman said Thursday.
Pope Benedict XVI, who is retiring as of February 28, could
issue a 'motu proprio' on the conclave involving "possible
adjustments" to its timing, Vatican Spokesman Father Federico
Lombardi confirmed
A motu proprio is a document that popes can use to make
changes to Church law or procedure.
But the world will have to "wait to see" what the pope
ultimately chooses to do, he added.
Such changes could allow the conclave to occur earlier than
The Vatican initially said that the conclave would not take
place until 15 to 20 days after Benedict leaves the position on
February 28, in accordance with Church rules.
But some say the conclave may start earlier, given that the
pope has not died, but has quit and therefore given cardinals
plenty of notice of the election to come.
Many cardinals are already in Rome and they have begun
informal talks about what sort of person the next pope should

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