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VATICAN CITY -- Cardinals at the Vatican have sworn an oath of secrecy about their upcoming conclave to elect a new pope.

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The Vatican said 107 of the 115 voting-age cardinals attended the first day of pre-conclave meetings, at which cardinals organize the election, discuss the problems of the church and get to know one another before voting.

They prayed together, chatted over coffee and took an oath to maintain rigorous secrecy with regard to all matters in any way related to the election of the Roman Pontiff.

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