VATICAN CITY Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:22am EST
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict may possibly alter Church rules governing that conclave where cardinals from worldwide could satisfy the following month to secretly decide their successor, the Vatican stated on Wednesday.
Benedict was studying the likelihood of doing changes that will two laws set up by way of his predecessor Pope John Paul prior to this individual abdicates upon February 28, a new spokesman said.
The variations could change that ideal time to regarding the beginning on the conclave.
Spokesman Father Federico Lombardi claimed Benedict ended up being contemplating creating alterations that will "harmonize" a couple of written documents okayed by way of his predecessor.
One governs the period insurance policy coverage papacy is usually vacant, often known as the "Sede Vacante," and another can be a lot more precise concerning the working on the conclave after this begins.
A 1996 apostolic constitution by simply Pope John Paul, called "Universi Dominici Gregis," stipulates that the conclave should start among 15 plus thirty days following the papacy gets to be vacant, indicating them can not start out before March 15 below existing rules.
Some cardinals imagine a conclave ought to start out sooner so that you can lessen time when the Roman Catholic Church will probably be and not using a leader.
Cardinals worldwide have formerly commenced casual treatments by simply phone in addition to mail that will construct a report regarding the man some people think can be ideal for you to cause this Church within a period involving continuing crisis.
Some 117 cardinals less than your age with 80 will be qualified in order to enter that conclave, which is kept inside Sistine Chapel.
(Reporting By Philip Pullella and Naomi O'Leary)