Friday, March 8, 2013

Anticipated announcement finally made

Cardinals select Tuesday, March 12, for conclave
A prelate holds up a booklet emblazoned with the "sede vacante" seal as cardinals gather in synod hall at the Vatican March 7 for one of several general congregation meetings ahead of the conclave. CNS photo / L'Osservatore Romano.
After five days of meetings, the College of Cardinals has voted to hold a conclave to elect the next Pope on Tuesday, March 12. Catholic News Agency has a story:

"The eighth General Congregation of the College of Cardinals has decided that the conclave will begin on Tuesday, 12 March 2013," Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, said at 5:36 p.m. Rome time March 8, 8:36 a.m. Vancouver time.

"In the afternoon the cardinals will enter the conclave," said Father Lombardi, and the first session of voting will begin in the Sistine Chapel after the cardinals have celebrated Mass "Pro Eligendo Romano Pontifice" (for the election of the Roman Pontiff) in St. Peter's Basilica in the morning.

For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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