Only then will they set the date for the conclave to elect a replacement whose daunting task is to fix a very broken church.
As the conclave draws to a close, each cardinal will approach the new pope and kneel before him.
As the conclave for new pope nears, Catholics are calling for cardinals embroiled in sex-abuse scandals to abstain from voting.
That conclave followed the short-lived papacy of John Paul I, who died after just 33 days as pope.
What chance then is there for any change in a conclave in thrall to Benedict and John Paul?
Pio slipped into the shadow of one of the little houses whence he could issue in full view of the conclave.
Brett's question recalled the younger people to the gravity of the conclave.
The monk thereupon goes into a long and unctuous discourse on all the sad evils to Christendom of a conclave so prolonged.
But while the soldiers were still seated in conclave, Coeratadas, of Thebes, arrived.
Whole mornings were spent in conclave in Mrs Monnerie's boudoir—Susan sometimes of our company.
late 14c., "a place where cardinals meet to elect a pope," from Italian conclave, from Latin conclave "a room, chamber suite," probably originally "a room which may be locked," from com- "together" (see com-) + clavis "a key" (see slot (n.2)). Extended sense of "private assembly" is first recorded 1560s.