Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Cardinals 'aware of what awaits them' for the upcoming vote

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Vatican City, February 25 - The cardinals voting
in the conclave to elect the next pope are "are aware of what
awaits them, and certainly seasoned enough" to make decisions
without being influenced by "what someone writes on a blog,"
Senior Vatican Communications Adviser Greg Burke said on Monday.
In the days leading up to Pope Benedict XVI's resignation,
attention is increasingly focusing on the cardinals who will
elect his successor.
"First let's see who will be elected and then we can talk,"
Burke said.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, the head of the Irish
Church, Cardinal Sean Brady, and former Los Angeles archbishop
Cardinal Roger Mahony have all faced calls not to attend.
Benedict's eight years as pope will end on February 28
after his surprise announcement February 11 that he would be
stepping down due to his failing health.
The pope gave his last Angelus address on Sunday to a crowd
of over 100,000 from his window facing St Peter's square.
At his address, the 85-year-old pontiff was met with calls
of "Viva il Papa!" or "Long live the pope!".
"The Lord is calling me to climb the mountain, to dedicate
myself to prayer and meditation," the German-born pontiff said
in Italian.
"But this does not mean I am abandoning the Church. If God
asks this of me, it is because I can continue to serve (the
Church) with the same dedication and the same love I have shown
so far...in keeping with my age and strength," he said.

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