Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Cardinal says new pope must commit to transparency

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Vatican City, February 21 - A key commitment the
next pope must be willing to make is to greater transparency in
the dealings of the Catholic Church, a Roman cardinal said
Thursday.
Pope Benedict XVI, who retires on February 28, set a
standard for transparency that his successor must not only match
but exceed, said Cardinal Angelo Comastri, archpriest of St.
Peter's Basilica and the Pope's vicar for Vatican City.
Other criteria for the selection of the new pope will be
determined after prayer for God's guidance, said Comastri, one
of the 117 cardinals that will elect the next pope.
And it seems "too long to wait for March 15" to begin the
conclave, since cardinals are already arriving prepared to begin
the selection process, added Comastri.
It is possible that Benedict is preparing a special
statement that will allow the conclave to begin earlier than the
traditional 15-day waiting period, since he is retiring and has
given ample notice.
Usually, popes die in office and so the waiting period was
needed to allow cardinals to travel to Rome from around the
world.
But sources have said Benedict may order a tighter time
line for this conclave.
Comastri suggested the pope very deliberately chose the
season of Lent for his retirement, "because it is a time of call
to conversion and Pope Benedict XVI is therefore inviting all to
a conversion of heart".

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