Nightly News   |  February 16, 2013

Conclave to elect new pope may start early

The conclave to elect the next pope might start sooner than March 15. NBC’s Lester Holt.

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>>> as pope benedict prepares to say farewell at the end of the month there is talk of yet another break from church tradition. the church usually observes a 15 to 20-day waiting period following a papal vacancy to give cardinals time to travel to rome. but church officials now say the process could be moved up possibly in time for a new pope to be chosen before holy week begins on march 24th . back home