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All Eyes on the Vatican as Cardinals Gather

ROME, Italy (KTLA) — Catholic cardinals are meeting for the third straight day at the Vatican as they prepare to begin the process of selecting a new pope.

No date has been set for the conclave yet, but the cardinals are already conducting business, as they get together for the first time to talk and disagree.

vatican-picAs soon as we touched down in Rome, we couldn’t help but start looking for stories.

We started shooting right out the window of our taxi, setting the stage for our KTLA coverage in Italy.

Even without this historic conclave, the breathtaking Vatican City is a tourist destination every minute of the day.

“Oh, we’re very excited,” said Danny Grant, who is visiting with his wife Suzanne from Houston. They planned their trip a year ago.

“Yesterday we got into the Sistine Chapel and the museums and then they’re closed today. We’re so lucky,” Suzanne said.

“It’s a once in a lifetime thing to be at,” Danny reflected. “I just can’t imagine.”

We spoke to another couple from Germany, who came specifically to see their German pope, Benedict XVI, but they missed him by a matter of days.

The world is now watching the Vatican. Cameras, reporters and international journalists are everywhere.

The cardinals, of course, are out of sight to most people on the street.

And very soon, they’ll be locked away in the conclave, only to emerge when they have agreed on who will be the next pope.

The conclave will be very secretive. The world will know when a new pope has been picked when white smoke comes from the Sistine Chapel.

KTLA had an interview scheduled with a representative from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, but he had to cancel.

He said that all the cardinals have been told that they are not allowed to speak to reporters. They also won’t be able to use their cell phones during the conclave.

–Lynette Romero, KTLA News

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