Monday, March 4, 2013

Next Pope could be Italian, person with Missionary Experience

Rome, - A senior Vatican figure said on Monday that some non-Italian cardinals have asked for an Italian pope, after Benedict XVI, a German, stepped down February 28. "I have collected rumors from non-Italian cardinals that express this wish.

I would not put it as a priority, but it is a possibility," said Monsignor Claudio Maria Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications on the Italian radio station RAI RadioUno. "The new pope could also have had missionary experience.

It is one of the sensitivities that the Congregations will take into consideration.

The Church exists to announce the Evangelist, to announce Jesus Christ, and it must do so in a dialogue respectful of others' truths," explained Celli.

ROME

Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno

ANSA

March 4