Challenges facing cardinals selecting a new pope
What will papal conclave focus on?
- Duration 6:14
- Date Mar 12, 2013
What will papal conclave focus on?
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As the -- continues here and all 150.
-- -- -- -- a terrible -- and you swear to secrecy.
Over the next several days could be several days actually don't know.
The conclave is over and -- new Pope is selected standing by with us is Robert when he -- inside the Vatican magazine editor.
And Robert I'm just curious and your observations -- your your thoughts and feelings and a day like today where the conclave.
Well I'm excited and I'm wondering what the results will be.
First question will be sure there will be long it's short we could even have white smoke here -- 22 and a half hours revenue hole.
If -- long we might not have an answer to the weekend.
That depends if they can decide they've got one man and mind -- they're gonna try to choose between five or six candidates.
Funny thing is the biggest challenge facing these cardinal.
The biggest challenges that the churches in turmoil and that the secular world and science have presented a vision of reality which is.
Christians to respond to.
And the need to communicated that can talk about things that not just physical not just material.
Probably the -- man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of god.
We forgotten that what that means and we've talked about.
And -- but we've gotten about the spirit.
-- -- -- communicate that in the Pope communicated was was Pope Ratzinger Pope Benedict able to communicated I think they're gonna look.
As we were saying a moment ago for someone.
Who will be.
Who beat telegenic.
I think he'll be in his sixties and I think you'll be elegant and I think a have a ready smile.
We're all imagining different people like you fit that description of the few -- that we probably you know Robert.
Explain that he could.
What -- significance is that this Pope.
To the Catholic Church at this time what does that vote mean for the church.
Well the Pope is the head of the church he is the chief teacher of the church he's the governor of the church he's the person who can make changes in laws if he wishes he's the absolute authority in the church.
The fact that the Pope has just resigned -- an -- Great humility saying that he didn't have the strength to continue to be the governor.
And he's gonna devote his life to prayer.
Means that we are -- an unprecedented moment and they're going to be choosing a man who will I think be able to work with the Ratzinger.
And at the same time.
A man who will be strong on his own to carry the church.
-- that now that we have an idea his job description if you well and also we have your other description and I'm good this man might be what are the names that you're hearing.
Well the cardinal.
Angelo Scola of Milan who is a student of the same type of theology of Pope Benedict.
It is perhaps the leading candidate right now.
He's trying to gather more than forty votes on the first ballot were to occur in about an hour.
And if he can the other cardinals will look around and say is his election inevitable and should we start joining our votes to those forty.
If they realize he's not gonna get more than fifty or sixty votes and it will not make the two thirds vote they will have to set that candidacy aside.
There's another cardinal from Sao Paulo in Brazil -- -- Who has worked here in the -- security but represents Latin America he would be a dramatic change.
But in some ways also represented continuity.
The -- Scola will each try to make a statement in this first vote this evening.
And they'll be probably ten or twelve votes for cardinal Dolan.
And if -- surpasses that that would be quite impressive and people -- you could begin to think maybe they'll be an outsider.
If it if those three S stops -- it really opens up and there are two men that I like very much who would be possible candidates.
If those first three or stopped.
And they are.
One of them is Malcolm -- genes from Colombo Sri Lanka.
He worked here in the cure yet he was very close to Pope Benedict but some of security officials didn't like him.
And they sought to it that he was removed from the curious sent to Sri lankans that to me at the time.
Maybe they've forgotten that that tiger out of the cage -- more dangerous than the tiger in the cage.
He's a very conservative.
I once saw him in a procession where he got out of his vehicle.
And he knelt down on the ground in the entire.
Crowd meltdown -- -- he also is a diplomat.
And he brought peace between the Tamil Tigers in the same release.
In a long civil war in Sri Lanka so he has a lot of qualities.
He's a very.
Speaks perfect English of course and he would be a dramatic figure he would represent the Third World.
The other candidate.
Is a very attractive man he's.
Sort of the spiritual son intellectual son of Joseph Ratzinger.
An extra stuff shouldn't -- of -- He's from a noble family he's elegant.
He's very intelligent has written many books he speaks many languages.
And he would be a person that some would say looks like a young John Paul the second.
Robert -- they had inside the Vatican magazine editor thank you so much for your insights today we appreciate your time.