Papal Conclave Begins Tuesday, March 12

The CNA/EWTN story describing this says in part: 

.- After five days of meetings, the College of Cardinals has voted to hold a conclave to elect the next Pope on Tuesday, March 12.

“The eighth General Congregation of the College of Cardinals has decided that the Conclave will begin on Tuesday, 12 March 2013,” Father Federico Lombardi said in a March 8 message to reporters.

The cardinals will celebrate a Mass For the Election of a New Pope in St. Peter’s Basilica in the morning and “in the afternoon the cardinals will enter into the Conclave,” he confirmed.

Cardinal Jean-Baptiste Pham Minh Man from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam arrived in Rome on Thursday afternoon and with his presence the College of Cardinals reached its full number.

The cardinals were able to choose an earlier date than was previously allowed under Church regulations because Benedict XVI issued a declaration to make that possible. (Read the rest here.) 

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  • Manny

    I’m on pins and needles with anticipation. You know, after reading about the leading contenders, the person I think would be best for the job – if anyone cares about my opinion – is Cardinal Ouellet of Canada.

  • Bill S

    Cardinal Sean O’Malley would be the best candidate if the Church is really interested in addressing the scandals. He is relatively young and energetic and has been instrumental in getting the Boston Archdiocese back on its feet.