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3/4/2013 (2 years ago)

Vatican Radio (www.oecumene.radiovaticana.org/EN1/index.asp)

Many of those still absent are expected to arrive Monday afternoon, Tuesday morning at the latest

142 of the 207 Cardinals from the College of Cardinals were present Monday morning for the First General Congregation in preparation for the Conclave to elect the 265th Successor to St. Peter. Of those present Monday 103 are Cardinal electors, meaning that 12 Cardinal electors are still on their way to Rome.

Cardinals enter the first meeting of the Congregation before the Conclave begins

Cardinals enter the first meeting of the Congregation before the Conclave begins

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By Vatican Radio

Vatican Radio (www.oecumene.radiovaticana.org/EN1/index.asp)

3/4/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Europe

Keywords: Cardinals, Conclave, Congregation of Cardinals, interregnum


VATICAN CITY (Vatican Radio) - 142 of the 207 Cardinals from the College of Cardinals were present Monday morning for the First General Congregation in preparation for the Conclave to elect the 265th Successor to St. Peter. Of those present Monday 103 are Cardinal electors, meaning that 12 Cardinal electors are still on their way to Rome.

Many of those still absent are expected to arrive Monday afternoon, Tuesday morning at the latest. According to Fr. Lombardi the Cardinals yet to arrive are: Cardinals Naguib, Rai, Meisner, Rouco Varela, Pham, Grocholweski, Sarr, Nycz, Woelki, Tong, Duka, Lehmann and Tong

The number of Cardinals present was the first and perhaps most important information revealed to a packed Press Office, lunchtime Monday, by Director Fr. Federico Lombardi, in the daily Vacant See briefing.

He said the general congregation, which took place in a "warm, serene atmosphere of great spiritual communion", got underway at 9:30 sharp, with those present taking up their places in the New Synod Hall according to the established precedence : Cardinal Bishops, Cardinal Priests and Cardinal Deacons.

Following a brief welcome address by the Dean of the College of Cardinals, Angelo Sodano, the College togther invoked the Holy Sprirt. Then, as prescribed by note 12 of the Apostolic Constitution governing papal elections, they recited the first part of the solemn oath for the election of the Pontiff in unison. Then each Cardinal present, made his way to the Book of the Gospels, placed beneath a Crucifix and sealed the oath .

The election then took place of the first 'particular congregation', composed of three representatives, one per order, who will aid the Camerlengo in the government of the Church for a period of three days. The names are chosen by lots and are as follows:

Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, for the order of Bishops, Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, for the order of Priests Cardinal Franc Rodé, for the order of Deacons. The Apostolic Constitution, continued Fr. Lombardi, also requires two meditations one during the general congregations and the second before the start of conclave. The first will be given Monday afternoon, by the preacher to the Papal Household, Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa.

The Dean also proposed the Congregation send a message to the Pope emeritus, Benedict XVI, which was unanimously accepted.

Following a coffee break there were three brief, dense interventions aimed at the organization of the days to come, lasting a total of 45 minutes.

Fr. Lombardi concluded : "The congregation was positive, serene and promising of an intense discussion of needs of the church in days to come".

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