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February 12, 2013

Claremore priest offers insights on Pope’s resignation



Normally, when a Pope dies, Cardinals of the church convene in a concistory, Father Eichoff said, but with Pope Benedict’s announcement of retirement, the cardinals should have more time to travel to Rome to gather in a papal conclave to begin the process of electing a new Pope.
“Right now, I think there are 120 cardinals appointed by John Paul II and Benedict XVI,” he said. “As far as who might be considered as the next pope, I couldn’t say — I think there was some talk about a cardinal from Nigeria, one from Brazil, and another from Canada, but one never really knows.”
Father Eichoff did suggest that Pope Benedict’s stepping down could signify the need to consider a younger “candidate” for the next pope, given the responsibilities and burdens of the office, but such was mere speculation.
“I think Pope Benedict continued the work of John Paul II, but he’s highly intellectual — a scholar, and he tried to internationalize the concerns of the church in terms of reaching out to the whole world,” he said. 
As to how things at St. Cecilia will change, Father Eichoff said simply, “Not at all.”
“Everything will continue (at the church) as always, and we’ll still pray for Benedict XVI, albeit in a different way,” he said, “and our prayers will go up for the cardinals in their selection of the next pope. This is a great time of hope for the church.”

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