Pope Benedict XVI with his secretary Georg Gaenswein
Media playback is unsupported on your device

Vatican may bring forward conclave for next pope

The Vatican has said it could bring forward the conclave for electing a new pope.

It had been expected that cardinals would begin the process at some point after 15 March.

But now the Vatican is considering re-writing its own rules to speed up the process.

Previously it had been adamant that the conclave of cardinals would not be gathering any earlier.

David Willey reports from Rome.

  • 16 Feb 2013
  • From the section Europe
Go to next video: Pope hint moves priests to tears