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Final day before papal conclave

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VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Cardinals have gathered for their final day of talks before the conclave to elect the next pope amid debate over whether the Catholic Church needs a manager pope to clean up the Vatican's messy bureaucracy or a pastoral pope who can inspire the faithful and make Catholicism relevant again.

Several cardinals were signed up to speak at Monday's closed-door session, an indication that the red-capped prelates still have plenty to discuss before sequestering themselves Tuesday afternoon in the Sistine Chapel for the first vote.

There's no clear front-runner, but a handful of names are circulating as top candidates.

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