Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
VATICAN CITY

'Young pope' needed to reform Church, says cardinal

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Vatican City, February 14 - Cardinal Andrea Cordero
Lanza di Montezemolo, Archpriest emeritus of the papal basilica
of St Paul's Outside the Walls in Rome, on Thursday said a
"young pope" was needed to steer the Roman Catholic Church
through its present difficulties following the shock
announcement by Pope Benedict XVI of his resignation earlier
this week.
"Vigour and youth are needed to tackle the various tasks at
hand," said the prelate who, at 88, is too old to vote in the
upcoming conclave to elect a new pope, adding that geographical
provenance is not important.
"There are certainly many things that need changing,
reforming and improving, the unresolved problems undoubtedly
concern the need to bring the Church up to date in its inner
workings and structures, problems that are related to its need
to be better inserted in the present time," said Cardinal
Montezemolo.
"I do not think that the community of the faithful should
feel disorientated by Benedict XVI's gesture; I think that for a
moment one should feel more inspired to reflect," he added,
describing the pope's historic decision to step down from office
at the end of February due to old age as "an act of great faith
and of great courage".

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