Conclave to begin Monday

According to Fox news the conclave will begin Monday.
If the report the Pope had commissioned names names and is not shared with those voting, then the cover up goes all the way up to the Pope.

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2 comments on “Conclave to begin Monday

  1. sorry not a conclave but a meeting to decide when it will be. But I bet there will be a Pope before Easter.
    By Claudio Lavanga and Carlo Angerer, NBC News

    ROME — Roman Catholic cardinals will next week take the first step toward setting a date for a conclave that will elect a new pope, Vatican officials confirmed Friday.

    The cardinals will begin informal discussions of church issues, known as “general congregations,” at 9:30 a.m. local time (3:30 a.m. ET) on Monday, a Vatican press spokesman said.

    At the top of their agenda will be the announcement of a date for the cardinals to enter the conclave – a closed, secret voting session held inside the Sistine Chapel that continues until they agree on a new leader for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.

    General congregations are the preliminary talks at which cardinals identify the key tasks facing the church, prior to the conclave at which they choose the best candidate suited to those tasks.

    The first general congregation will take place in the Vatican’s Paul VI hall, according to Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Dean of the College of Cardinals.

    A second will take place at 5:00 p.m. local time (11 a.m. ET), he told reporters.

    The Vatican’s announcement came a day after the papacy of Benedict XVI formally ended with his departure by helicopter to a temporary residence at Castel Gandolfo.

    It means the church is without a leader until the conclave has chosen a successor.

    Benedict XVI is now officially known as the pope emeritus.

    But that still doesn’t change that if the report names names and these are not shared before the election of a new Pope then the cover up goes all the way up to the Pope.

  2. In the history of the Church, there have been periods of sede vacante of over two years on three occasions:

    1. After the death of Pope St. Marcellinus, there was a vacancy of 3 years and 7 months (October 25, 304-June 26, 308)
    2. After the death of Pope Clement IV (1265-1268), there was a vacancy of 2 years and 9 months (November 29, 1268-September 1, 1271)
    3. After the death of Pope Nicholas IV (1288-1292), there was a vacancy of almost 2 years and 4 months (April 4, 1292-August 29, 1294)

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