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VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican confirmed that Pope Benedict XVI is considering changing church law regulating the election of a new pope, but stopped short of saying whether he would authorize an earlier start to the conclave.

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    […] In a new twist, Pope Benedict may amend the rules regarding papal elections before he retires. Instead of waiting the customary 15 to 20 days after the loss of a pope to begin elections, Rome may convene the conclave earlier. Actual statements regarding what the specific changes will include have yet to be made. For more information regarding possible changes to the papal election, read “Vatican mulling changes to election of new pope.” […]

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