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Cardinals getting closer to conclave

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The Sistine Chapel has announced it is closing to visitors, the clearest sign yet that a papal conclave is at hand.

One thing holding up progress is the Vatican is still waiting for five more cardinals to arrive before setting a date to begin selecting a new pope. A total of 115 are expected to take part in the conclave.

Tuesday also brought a second day of pre-conclave meetings with cardinals to organize the papal election process and get to know one another. During the meetings, cardinals asked for information about the management of the Vatican bureaucracy after saying they wanted to get to the bottom of allegations of corruption and cronyism in the Holy See's governance.

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