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Preparing for the Conclave

posted Mar 8, 2013, 2:53 AM by Bohernabreena Parish Administrator   [ updated Mar 8, 2013, 2:53 AM ]

The Cardinals meeting in Rome decided to send Benedict now  emeritus pope a message of “affection and gratitude for his service to the church”. All 115 elector cardinals were in attendance by Thursday, which suggest that the conclave will be brought forward from its scheduled date of March 15th to March 10th or 11th. However, this is by no means certain since a number of cardinals are reluctant to be rushed into a conclave ahead of time. Italy has 28 electors, Europe has 32, North America 14, Latin America 19, Africa 11, Asia 10 and Oceania 1. Already the eyes of the world are watching as, according to the Holy See press office, there were more than 5,000 reporters  4,432 temporarily accredited and 600 permanently accredited journalists -- representing 1,004 news outlets, 65 nations and 24 languages already in Rome!  There is a reminder to the entire Church to pray at this important moment in history. We pray for the cardinal Fathers to have wisdom and strength to choose under the influence of the Holy Spirit a worthy successor to the Chair of St Peter.