Monday, April 18, 2005
Cardinals Begin Conclave for New Pope
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VATICAN CITY - Cardinals from six continents sequestered themselves in the Sistine Chapel on Monday, convening the new millennium’s first conclave — a secret, sacred gathering to elect a pope who will guide the world’s 1.1 billion Catholics into a new era.
The doors to the chapel decorated with frescoes by Michelangelo and wired with electronic jamming devices to thwart eavesdropping were shut, leaving the 115 voting “princes” of the church to decide whether to hold their first round of voting Monday or wait until Tuesday.
We pray for a holy Pope, a good successor for John Paul the Grate.
Chaldean Synod begins today too:
Baghdad- Today Monday the Chaldean Synod has started his sections for three days long. The bishops and our Patriarch (His Beatitude Mar Emmanuel Dalli III) will discuss how to organize our Chaldean Church to face the third millennium challenges. Liturgical reform is on top of the issues, electing new bishops, tracing Chaldean communities spread in Europe and in the whole world, and the scarcity of priests.
We pray for the success of the Synod and we whish them good luck.