The first pre-conclave meeting Monday is being headed by the dean of the College of Cardinals Cardinal Angelo Sodano
. He has said the date for the papal conclave won't be set until all cardinals are in Rome, meaning a definitive date may not come Monday.
The function of the preliminary meetings is to help cardinals get to know one another and discuss the problems facing the church. Topping the agenda: Vatican scandals, Benedict's remarkable decision to resign and efforts to keep Christianity relevant in today's world.