Cardinal conclave to start on 18 April

6th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

6 April 2005, AMSTERDAM — The conclave of Catholic Church cardinals that will decide who will replace the late Pope John Paul II will start on 18 April, Dutch Cardinal Adrianus Simonis said on Wednesday.

6 April 2005

AMSTERDAM — The conclave of Catholic Church cardinals that will decide who will replace the late Pope John Paul II will start on 18 April, Dutch Cardinal Adrianus Simonis said on Wednesday.

During the preparatory meeting, the conclave will discuss the situation of the Roman Catholic Church in all five continents.

But the Archbishop of Utrecht refused to comment in great detail about the possible profile afforded the new Pope. "It must be a man of faith, hope and love," Simonis said.

Cardinal Simonis said the most important qualities a Pope should have are an administrative insight and the ability to communicate the Church's message.

He has several cardinals in mind that would make a good Pope, but refused to name any names. "But I am not fixated on those people. I don't know how the talks will go and how the Holy Ghost will lead us."

Only cardinals below the age of 80 may vote and Simonis is the only Dutch cardinal among them. The number of cardinals who can vote is 117, but 116 are expected to participate in the vote due to the illness of a Filipino cardinal.

The Vatican will make public the testament of Pope John Paul II on Thursday. The funeral will be held on Friday at 10am and will be broadcast live on Nederland 1.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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