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Originally published Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 9:58 AM

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Cardinals count down to conclave with final talks

Cardinals have gathered for their final day of talks before the conclave to elect the next pope amid debate over whether the Catholic Church needs a manager pope to clean up the Vatican's messy bureaucracy or a pastoral pope who can inspire the faithful and make Catholicism relevant again.

The Associated Press

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VATICAN CITY —

Cardinals have gathered for their final day of talks before the conclave to elect the next pope amid debate over whether the Catholic Church needs a manager pope to clean up the Vatican's messy bureaucracy or a pastoral pope who can inspire the faithful and make Catholicism relevant again.

Several cardinals were signed up to speak at Monday's closed-door session, an indication that the red-capped prelates still have plenty to discuss before sequestering themselves Tuesday afternoon in the Sistine Chapel for the first vote.

There's no clear front-runner, but a handful of names are circulating as top candidates.

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