Gerard O'Connell : Kingmakers seek God's candidate behind closed doors
The See of Peter is vacant. The search is on for the new Pope. The 115 cardinal electors from 45 countries are expected to have found the chosen one well before St Patrick's Day.
After the high emotions of the final days of the Pontificate of Benedict XVI, the cardinals are now actively engaged in consultations. Some cardinals already have a favourite candidate, but the vast majority have no particular person in mind yet. But that may change over the coming week.
Unlike April 2005, when Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger went in as the front-runner with more than 35 cardinals already having identified him as their candidate, at this moment there is no clear favourite, and in that sense this conclave is more open to a surprise result, according to several electors.