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First General Congregation

 Cardinals' First General Congregation on March 4

Angelo Cardinal Sodano, Dean of the College of Cardinals, has summoned the Cardinals to gather in Rome.
 The Cardinals of the world, including those from the United States, will begin meetings on Monday, March 4, in the Paul VI Aula, Synod of Bishops Hall.

There they will meet together to begin preparations for conclave. The date for the beginning of conclave will be set by the College of Cardinals in the first days after the sede vacante (the see is vacant). In order to be a Cardinal elector, one must be under the age of 80 at the time of conclave.

Daily press conferences are scheduled in the upcoming days and can be viewed live at Centro Televisivo Vaticano at this link:


Here are a few of the Cardinals who will be attending conclave, and voting, from the United States:

His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan – Archdiocese of New York
President, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

His Eminence, Donald Cardinal Wuerl – Archdiocese of Washington

His Eminence, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo – Archdiocese of Galveston/Houston

His Eminence, Francis Cardinal George – Archdiocese of Chicago