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Cardinals set to begin conclave to elect pope on Tuesday

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VATICAN CITY -

Cardinals wrapped up their tenth and final meeting this morning before beginning the conclave to elect a new Pope. They've been discussing the qualities needed in the next leader of the Church.

Canadian Cardinal Thomas Collins was asked about reports of disagreements between the 115 voting cardinals.

The robe, hat, and shoes the new pope will wear were unpacked today. The Vatican also released new footage of the Sistine Chapel which has been transformed into a papal polling place. Copies of Vatican documents and voting instructions have been placed on the tables where the cardinals will sit. The first vote is expected Tuesday afternoon.

In preparation for the vote, Vatican workers hung red curtains on the balcony of Saint Peter's Basillica where the new pope will be introduced to the world.

There are said to be as many as a dozen top candidates. Vatican experts from an influential Italian newspaper have named three favorites; Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley, Odilo Scherer from Brazil and Italy's Angelo Scola.

About 90 people including chauffeurs and staffers at the residence where cardinals are staying take an oath of secrecy today. They're promising not to divulge any secrets they may overhear.

A Vatican Press Secretary predicts there will be a new pope by the end of the week.

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