Nationality no criteria for choosing pope: Cardinal Gracias

During the conclave, the 117 cardinals will be cut off from the world.

 Cardinal Oswald Gracias 5
 Cardinal Oswald Gracias at Cross Maidan, Bombay.

Mumbai:

Cardinal Oswald Gracias, who is one of the five Indian cardinals to vote for the election of a new pope, said he would choose qualities of intelligence, compassion and courage in the candidate over nationality.

“I will look for a pope who is spiritual, intelligent, compassionate and courageous in worldly matters as well. His is a tough job that invites criticism so he should be thick-skinned,” Cardinal Gracias said.

During the conclave, the 117 cardinals will be cut off from the world.

“No newspapers, telephone, TV or radio. If a decision is not reached within three days, we break for prayer on the fourth day and then resume,” the prelate said.

Once a name is selected, the ballots are burnt and mixed with a chemical to release white smoke by way of announcement.

The date of the papal election is yet to be announced, but the process may be advanced.

Cardinal Gracias said that usually the seat falls vacant after the death of an incumbent and the vote occurs 15 days afterwards.

“However, since the pope has chosen to resign, my guess is that the election will be advanced to March 10-11. Easter Sunday falls on March 31 and all the cardinals would like to be back in their dioceses by Holy Week,” he added.

He described the outgoing Pope Benedict XVI as a “gentle, soft-spoken, intelligent man who knows many languages and loves research.

“He did come under pressure over child abuse allegations but did his best to address the issue,” he said.

The pope, who announced to resign from the post earlier this month, would give his final audience on Feb. 28.

Source: Times of India

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