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All the cardinals are here.

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by Paul L. Gleiser

(ROME) There are 115 cardinals in the Catholic Church under the age of 80 and thus eligible to vote in conclave to elect a new pope. The last of them, Jean-Baptiste Pham Minh Man of Vietnam, arrived in Vatican City yesterday.

The church, so far avoiding setting a date to begin the election process until all cardinals have arrived, may now do so and that decision could come down as early as this afternoon (Friday, March 8.)

Much of the American media covering the conclave is just now arriving, having been delayed by the northeast winter storm that snarled airline schedules. But with cardinals in town and with the American media now in town, it seems that the process can get underway.