Mercoledì, 19 Settembre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Cardinals finish first day of pre-conclave congregations

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Vatican City, March 4 - Catholic cardinals on
Monday finished their first day of pre-conclave meetings.
The meetings, called "general congregations", are useful to
enable the clergymen to share ideas about what characteristics
the next leader of the Catholic Church should have and establish
a date for the conclave to elect Benedict XVI's successor.
Over 140 cardinals are taking part on the congregations,
two of which were held on Monday, but only those under 80 will
take part in the conclave.
Benedict, 85, stepped down as pontiff last week saying he
did not have the mental and physical strength to continue in a
position that is usually for life.
Many of the cardinals left the Vatican's Paul VI hall after
the second of Monday's congregations, nodding to each other and
several said: "prayer is necessary, let's pray".
Only one congregation session will take place on Tuesday,
in the morning.

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