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Cardinals begin Meeting at the Vatican today...

Posted by on Mar. 4, 2013 at 10:01 AM
Jes
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Rome (CNN) - The process of picking a new pope was one step closer to starting on Monday, as more than 140 Catholic cardinals began a meeting at the Vatican.

The cardinals gathered on Monday morning, but haven't yet decided when the conclave to select Pope Benedict XVI's successor will start, Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi told reporters.

"It's on the table, but no decision has been reached," Lombardi said.

The General Congregations meeting is a key step before the conclave, when all cardinals under age 80 meet at the Vatican to vote for the next pope.

Lombardi said 142 cardinals attended Monday morning's session. Of that group, 103 were cardinal electors who will choose the next pope. Twelve cardinal electors have not yet arrived in Rome, but were expected to arrive later Monday and Tuesday, he said.

At the Monday morning meeting, the cardinals recited an opening prayer, took an oath and discussed the timetable for the coming days, Lombardi said. A second meeting was planned for Monday afternoon.

Benedict stepped down on Thursday, after announcing on February 11 that he would resign. He was the first pope to resign in 600 years. Throughout history, the transfer of papal power has almost always happened after the sitting pope has died.

Normally, the College of Cardinals is not allowed to select a new pontiff until 15 to 20 days after the office becomes vacant. However, Benedict slightly amended the 500-year-old policy on pope selection to get a successor into place more rapidly.

The cardinals may to be able to pull it off before March 15, Lombardi has said.

This would give the new pontiff a little over a week to prepare for the next Mass, the Palm Sunday celebrations on March 24.
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Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Mar. 4, 2013 at 10:02 AM
Source for full story:
http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/04/world/europe/vatican-pope-selection/index.html
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Lunarprancer
by Silver Member on Mar. 4, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Is this super important to Catholic people?

Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Mar. 4, 2013 at 10:06 AM
Yes. They are meeting to discuss who will one out next Pope. Lots of prayer to do God's will and discussion on what the church needs...

Quoting Lunarprancer:

Is this super important to Catholic people?

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Lunarprancer
by Silver Member on Mar. 4, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Hopefully they will pick someone younger!

Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

Yes. They are meeting to discuss who will one out next Pope. Lots of prayer to do God's will and discussion on what the church needs...

Quoting Lunarprancer:

Is this super important to Catholic people?


With light and love

Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Mar. 4, 2013 at 10:40 AM
Well the "top of the list" is Cardinal Angelo Scola and he is 71.

Quoting Lunarprancer:

Hopefully they will pick someone younger!

Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

Yes. They are meeting to discuss who will one out next Pope. Lots of prayer to do God's will and discussion on what the church needs...



Quoting Lunarprancer:

Is this super important to Catholic people?


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Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Mar. 4, 2013 at 10:44 AM
I do believe the youngest possible Pope successor is the 53 year old Atchbishop from Manila.
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Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Mar. 4, 2013 at 10:45 AM
Here's a good link to the "unofficial list" of possible Popes...

http://en.rian.ru/photolents/20130213/179430260_1/Possible-successors-to-Pope-Benedict.html
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Lunarprancer
by Silver Member on Mar. 4, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Oy vey ;0)

Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

Well the "top of the list" is Cardinal Angelo Scola and he is 71.

Quoting Lunarprancer:

Hopefully they will pick someone younger!

Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

Yes. They are meeting to discuss who will one out next Pope. Lots of prayer to do God's will and discussion on what the church needs...



Quoting Lunarprancer:

Is this super important to Catholic people?



With light and love

Donna6503
by Platinum Member on Mar. 4, 2013 at 11:33 AM
I think the new pope will be a life long catholic. Just a guess
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IhaveHisjoy
by Silver Member on Mar. 4, 2013 at 2:07 PM

 I think they know far in advance who the next Pope will be. I think  they're really just playing cards and acting like some serious talks are going on behind closed doors....

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