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
About 210,000 Cubans have been to Venezuela until 2012, as part of an alliance established by Hugo Chávez. A number of agreements have enabled Cubans to take part in a wide range of government plans and social welfare, from health to national intelligence to security.