Following up on the recent resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, whose pontificate will end Feb. 28, Rome prepares itself to receive thousands of tourists which will reach The Capital to meet the new Pope.
Benedict XVI’s successor will be chosen by 117 cardinal-electors during a secret election – known as a Conclave – in the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel. The Vatican has yet to announce a date for the start of the conclave, making it difficult for out-of-towners to plan their trips.
The Vatican will publicize more informations next month after the beginning of the so-colled vacant seat period but the conclave is expected to start mid-March, possibly in time to install a pope before the start of Holy Week on March 24, Palm Sunday.
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