VIDEO: Cardinals Begin Pre-Conclave Meetings

Updated: 03/04/2013 4:10 PM By: Hannah Anderson

They came, they took an oath of secrecy, and they agreed to send a message to the previous pope, whose resignation has thrown the church into turmoil and unleashed a new wave of scandals.

The cardinals meeting to choose the next pope started work Monday on planning their conclave. Benedict XVI remained holed up at the papal residence at Castel Gandolfo, his temporary retirement home while cardinals pick his successor.

And in a sartorial symbol of the impending transition, a tailor on Monday unveiled three new white papal cassocks - small, medium and large - that will be sent to the Vatican so the new pope has something to wear as soon as he's elected.