Good Friday to all.
This March I will do my level best to update this blog, as frequently, as possible in regards to the upcoming Papal Conclave, 2013 version.
As of this morning, the College of Cardinals, as headed by His Eminence, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, has announced that they will meet on Monday, March 4th, 9:30 am, Rome time, to begin the process of setting the date for the actual conclave.
The Carmerlengo, Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, is now in charge, administratively, of the See of the Apostle St. Peter, which remains in a state of Sede Vacante.
In no particular order, the following 5 cardinals are amongst my personal favorites, which by no means indicates that I think they will be picked, other than, perhaps, Cardinal Angelo Scola, Archbishop of Milan:
1. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York-Head of the USCCB
2. Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Quebec, Canada-Prefect of the Congregation of Bishops
3. Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez of Honduras-President of Caritas Internationalis
4. Cardinal Leandro Sandri of Argentina-Prefect of the Congregation of Oriental Churches
5. Aforementioned Cardinal Scola of Italy-Patriarch of Venice
MercoPress has a list, additionally, of some more alternative candidates with an emphasis on South America.
On a personal note, I would like to divulge and denote that Cardinal Rodriguez is the great uncle of my niece.
In terms of others that have greater insight than I into these matters, I would urge my readers to access, via the embedded links on their names, these individuals:
Adam Brickley, a master historian of Papal conclaves & prognosticator.
Raymond Arroyo, lead anchor at EWTN Catholic global network.
Dr. Robert Moynihan, Vaticanologist based in Rome.
John Allen, Jr., renowned journalist and Papal expert.
MercoPress has a list, additionally, of some more alternatived
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Wishing everyone a happy and safe weekend...Vaya con Dios.