Saturday, May 14, 2005

From Inside the Conclave

Very interesting Zenit News Agency - The World Seen From Rome:

"Cardinal Carles continued: 'And not just on the first day, when entering the conclave, which was seen on television. Every morning and afternoon, with our vote in hand, when going up to the altar, and seeing the Christ of the Last Judgment surrounded by the Sistine Chapel ... we said the formula: 'I swear before this Christ, who will judge me!'

'When one is there, there is no place for 'lobbies,' or pressure groups, or the likes, or any of that!

'What you see, when 115 persons of different races and cultures are in agreement on the fourth ballot, is that the Holy Spirit acts. One did not vote for someone one liked, or of a similar culture; it was the Spirit.' "