Venezuelan Cardinal: Conclave may be convened before March 10
Venezuelan Cardinal Jorge Urosa Sabino said that the Conclave has not been scheduled yet, but it could be convened before March 10, as the preliminary meetings for the election of the next Pope will be held early in March
The Caracas Archbishop stressed that the Conclave has not been convened yet. He added that cardinals' preliminary meetings are likely to begin on March 1. Therefore, the Conclave "is likely" to be held before March 10.
When asked about the possibility that a Latin America Cardinal is chosen to become the next Pope, the Caracas Archbishop said that there are many possibilities. "No one is vetoed for this position. We are 19 Latin American Cardinals; any person from these lands may be chosen."
He disadvised any speculations about who might become the next Pope. He underscored that the new Pope would have to tackle many religious challenges that modern societies are facing, namely secularization, religious intolerance, particularly in Europe and North America, moral relativism, the rise of drug trafficking, and the handling of sex matters, as well as other issues "harming dignity and the comprehensive well-being of humankind."
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.