Wednesday, March 6, 2013

day 3 of the cardinals' meetings

Rainy day at Saint Peter's
Dear Family and Friends,

It rained much of today here in Rome. Spring has really started.

The Cardinals had another meeting this morning, focusing again on the new evangelization and on the qualities they’d like to see in the next Pope. They are waiting for the last cardinal to arrive before deciding when to start the conclave. The one who’s missing is Cardinal Pham Minh Man of Vietnam – it’s not so easy getting out of a communist country, but he should make it here tomorrow.

As they get closer to the conclave, the Cardinals are trying to reduce their contacts with the press and the outside world. This is so that they can feel free to speak their minds to each other without fear of what they say going public. Some might criticize the secrecy of a papal conclave, but they forget that we all demand our privacy when we vote for president or prime minister. This election is much much more important than any political election.

Let’s say a prayer that Vietnamese Cardinal makes it to town!

God bless,
Brother Kevin

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