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Cardinals look to conclave as Benedict begins quiet life

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Cardinals from around the world were summoned Friday to meetings that will set a date for a conclave to elect a new pope, as Benedict XVI settled into a pensioner's life after becoming the first pontiff to resign in more than 700 years. 

Two nuns stand on the St.Peter's Square in the Vatican on March 1, 2013. Cardinals from around the world were summoned to meetings that will set a date for a conclave to elect a new pope, as Benedict XVI settled into a pensioner's life after becoming the first pontiff to resign in more than 700 years.

The dean of the College of Cardinals, Angelo Sodano, sent out formal invitations by fax and email to the "pre-conclave general congregations" starting on Monday at 9:30 am (0830 GMT).

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