On the way to the Conclave. March 6, 2013

Updates of the General Congregations of the College of Cardinals and preps
by Celine Kelly | Source: www.catholic.net
No vote yet on the date of the Conclave. Cardinal Walter Kasper who turned 80 yesterday, is the oldest elector. Today 113 of the 115 Cardinal electors are in Rome; the remaining 2 are expected tomorrow. 18 cardinals spoke today, totaling 51 speeches since the beginning of the Congregations. Topics include: the Church in the world, the New Evangelization, the Holy See, its Dicasteries, relations with bishops & a profile of expectations for the next Pope in view of the good government of the Church. As a large number of cardinals wish to speak, they are given a 5 min. time limit -but it’s not strictly enforced.

   Regarding the cancelling of the press conferences some American cardinals were giving in these days, Fr. Lombardi observed that “the Congregations are not a synod or a congress in which we try to report the most information possible, but a path toward arriving at the decision of electing the Roman Pontiff. In this sense, the tradition of this path is one of reservation to safeguard the freedom of reflection on the part of each of the members of the College of Cardinals who has to make such an important decision.”

   Today, at 5:00pm in St. Peter's Basilica, the College of Cardinals will pray for the Church at the Altar of the Cathedra. They will recite the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Adoration. Cardinal Angelo Comastri, archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica will preside over Vespers before Eucharistic Benediction.

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