VATICAN CITY ( — As all eyes turn to Rome to watch the papal conclave, CBS2 and KCAL9’s Suraya Fadel reported live from Vatican City on the KCAL9 News at 10 p.m. and the CBS2 News at 11 p.m. Sunday

The first Sunday services without a pope were held today.

Cardinals from around the globe are continuing to gather to begin the process of picking the next pontiff. Fadel reports that most are in attendance.

And despite on-going controversy suggesting that he should not participate in the conclave because of his role in the priest sex abuse scandal, Cardinal Roger Mahony is there and ready to cast his ballot.

In a recent interview Mahoney said his not going was never open for debate. “Without my even having to inquire, the nuncio in Washington phoned me a week or so ago and said, ‘I have had word from the highest folks in the Vatican: You are to come to Rome and you are to participate in the conclave,'” Mahony told Catholic News Service.

Fadel reports the cardinals start meeting Monday to discuss challenges facing the church as well as setting a date for the secret election, known as the conclave.

Fadel will file live reports from Vatican City on CBS2 and KCAL9.


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