Vatican: Cardinals could meet sooner to choose new pope
February 18th, 2013
10:01 AM ET

Vatican: Cardinals could meet sooner to choose new pope

By Livia Borghese and Laura Smith-Spark for CNN

Rome (CNN) - The cardinals who must pick a successor to Pope Benedict XVI after he steps down on February 28 could meet to make the decision sooner than thought, a Vatican spokesman said Saturday.

The conclave, the meeting which will bring together the 117 cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church, could start before March 15 if all the cardinals are already in Rome, Father Federico Lombardi said.

Lombardi had previously said the conclave was likely to start between March 15 and 19.

But he gave new details Saturday, saying that because the pope had resigned rather than the conclave being triggered by his death, there was scope for the time frame to be brought forward.

The decision may not come until after Benedict's departure and lies in the hands of the cardinals, he added.

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. Pedro

    Why should Catholic Church choose a new pope among Cardinals? We should look at ourr own history, into our own catholic roots. Catholic History shows us that we chose holy and clean man among them (monks, priest, deacon and lay people) to clean up our MESS. Instead of thinking about who will handle better international policies of the Vatican, Cardinals should re-focus which is the mission of the Church on earth. The cardinals and church leaders are too involved in policy and think like politicians. Theyneed to re-focus on the true meaning of the Church on this earth. Media is driving them on the media’s realm. They should work on returning the face of God into the Church and throw merchandise away!! We should not let the Media, private agendas determine how we feel about our Church…Don’t let the world confor you; let Christ trasnfom you (MK 16:15) We have been called to go into all the world…don’t let the world around us sqieese us into its own mould..don't let the world come into teh Church.

    March 1, 2013 at 10:43 am |
  2. Science

    Are they going to use the brains evolution gave them or the fairies brain ?

    Has Evolution Given Humans Unique Brain Structures?

    Feb. 22, 2013 — Humans have at least two functional networks in their cerebral cortex not found in rhesus monkeys. This means that new brain networks were likely added in the course of evolution from primate ancestor to human.



    February 22, 2013 at 1:53 pm |
  3. Reality

    o Think infinity and recycling with the Big Bang expansion followed by the shrinking reversal called the Gib Gnab and recycling back to the Big Bang repeating the process on and on forever. Human life and Earth are simply a minute part of this cha-otic, sto-cha-stic, expanding, shrinking process disappearing in five billion years with the burn out of the Sun and maybe returning in another five billion years with different life forms but still subject to the va-ga-ries of its local star.

    And no pope or cleric will be able to change this.

    February 22, 2013 at 7:50 am |
  4. Delicious Guano For All


    February 21, 2013 at 12:00 pm |
  5. Atheism is healthy for everyone -pets too!

    Prayer is just a time-sucker-upper.

    February 21, 2013 at 8:40 am |
  6. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    February 21, 2013 at 7:33 am |
    • snopes says

      "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things" is unfounded.
      "Prayer changes things" is unfounded.

      February 21, 2013 at 8:22 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!`

      February 21, 2013 at 8:35 am |
    • Really?

      "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things"

      This is inaccurate wouldn't you agree? Especially when the data shows that atheists tend to have happier and healthier marriages than conservative Christians.

      February 21, 2013 at 8:44 am |
    • as always

      atheists are liars

      February 21, 2013 at 11:05 am |
  7. Akira


    February 20, 2013 at 7:13 pm |
    • End Religion


      February 20, 2013 at 7:22 pm |
    • Science

      Education WORKS !!!

      Separation of church and state

      New science standards created by 26 states (majority) for 2013 and beyond,, .. It is called Stem standards for public schools....

      No god(s) required
      By the way creatoin/ID LOST DEPUNKED at the Dover trial in 2005


      No god(s) required for graduation n the US

      February 21, 2013 at 7:28 am |
  8. Dennis

    Pope Benedict XVI and the Vatican just announced who the new pope will be!

    February 20, 2013 at 9:55 am |
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