VATICAN CITY (AP) — The two American cardinals sat on the stage,
microphones in hand, fielding questions from the world's news media on
everything from the delayed arrival of some of their colleagues to their
own wardrobe choices if elected pope.
Most experts doubt the upcoming conclave will select an American
pope, but the U.S. cardinals are already exerting a surprising amount of
control over the message — simply by talking. Their lively daily
briefings contrast sharply with the sober summaries from the Vatican
spokesman and almost nothing from anyone else.
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