Breaking news from Rome! the College of Cardinals has chosen Tuesday, March 12 to begin the Conclave, or process of voting for our new Holy Father. We often think of “voting” in the political sense, as in choosing the candidate you prefer. The voting of the College of Cardinals is a “voting” of a very different kind – completely dependent on the guidance of the Holy Spirit and in collaboration with the will of God the Father. This isn’t a popularity contest. Rather, it’s a painstaking, prayerful process of trying to discern who is most capable of filing the Chair of St. Peter at this moment in time…and, presumably, for many years to come.
The cardinals will be praying, and we must join them in praying, for enlightenment and direction. Below is the text from the Catholic News Agency announcement, just posted.
Vatican City, Mar 8, 2013 / 09:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After five days of meetings, the College of Cardinals has voted to hold a conclave to elect the next Pope on Tuesday, March 12.
“The eighth General Congregation of the College of Cardinals has decided that the Conclave will begin on Tuesday, 12 March 2013,” Father Federico Lombardi said at 5:36 p.m. Rome time.
The cardinals will celebrate a pro eligendo Romano Pontifice Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in the morning and “in the afternoon the cardinals will enter into the Conclave,” he confirmed.