Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Pope has power to change rules of conclave

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Vatican City, February 20 - A senior Vatican
figure said on Wednesday that Pope Benedict XVI has the power to
change rules followed for the selection of his successor, and
explained why the conclave of cardinals is likely to commence
mid-March, but could begin days earlier.
''The Holy Father is the only one who can intervene in the
legislation regarding the conclave,'' said Ambrogio Piazzoni,
deputy prefect of the Vatican Apostolic Library, in a briefing
at the Vatican press room on the history of Vatican conclaves.
''If Pope Benedict (XVI) were to decide on new rules at
19:59 on February 28, those would be the ones to be followed for
the new conclave,'' Piazzoni explained.
Piazzoni added that according to the current rules, ''the
cardinals present in Rome will wait 15 days for the arrival of
all the others. This could signify that if all the cardinals are
in Rome, there is nothing to wait for''.
The Vatican has yet to announce a date for the beginning of
the next conclave, but Pope Benedict XVI is stepping down at
20:00 on February 28.
Piazzoni's statement indicates that while it would be
customary to begin in line with mid-March forecasts, the Vatican
could commence the conclave earlier.
''The latecomers are admitted if they arrive after the
conclave has begun but not yet concluded,'' Piazzoni added.

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