Amongst the discussions were the money-laundering claims which have been raised against the Vatican bank. Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, raised the issue and addressed the matter on attempts to make the Vatican bank transactions more transparent. However, by today morning more cardinals still waited their turn to speak and a vote was taken on whether to prolong these discussions but it did not go through.
In the afternoon cardinals held private talks centering on who they thought is best fit to take over the papacy from Pope Benedict XVI who had resigned on the 28th of February. The 115 cardinals will vote tomorrow evening, after a scheduled pre-conclave Mass to be held in the morning at the St. Peter’s Basilica, to select a new pope.