Cardinals begin pre-conclave meetings
From Catholic News Agency
4 March: The cardinals of the Catholic Church gathered for their first general meeting this morning to take an oath of secrecy, pray and begin discussing some of the logistics to elect a new Pope.
“The atmosphere was very serene, positive and intense. It was constructive and reflects a spirit concern for the Church throughout the world,” Father Federico Lombardi said.
The first general congregation began precisely at 9:30am and commenced with the cardinals reciting the Veni Sancti Spiritus, Veni Creator and Adsumus prayers.
There were 142 cardinals present, and of those 103 were cardinal electors. There are still 12 cardinals who are in the process of travelling to Rome and they are expected to arrive in the next two days.
Fr Lombardi said that no decision was made today about the date of the conclave and pointed out that not all of the cardinals are present yet.Read full report at Catholic News Agency
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