Cardinals' Catch-22: eager for conclave, but need time to choose well

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Cardinal-electors are caught in a Catch-22. They are eager to give the world a new pope; however, they need time to pick the right leader, said South Africa's cardinal.

"There might be a need for a long delay" as the cardinals try to gauge how much they do or don't know enough about each other, Cardinal Wilfrid Napier told Catholic News Service March 1, the first day of the "sede vacante."

No church leader wants to be away from his diocese for too long, he said, and no one wants to miss Easter, March 31.