Cardinals at pre-conclave mass at St Peter's, which was packed with 15,000 people. Pilgrims outside listened via speakers. (@smewing via Twitter)
WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Cardinals from around the world are holding mass at St. Peter's Basilica before starting the election to choose a successor to retired Pope Benedict XVI.
The conclave is scheduled to begin at 11:45 a.m.
WUSA 9's Bruce Johnson is at the Vatican tracking the developments.
He spoke with Father Robert Dodaro about what we should expect.
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