Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Vatican urges 'reserve' as US cardinals fall Silent

VATICAN CITY - The Vatican on Wednesday urged "greater reserve" ahead of the conclave to elect a new pope, as US cardinals scrapped their daily press briefings saying that "concern was expressed about leaks".

US cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, and Francis George, the archbishop of Chicago, had been due to address journalists at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.

"Concern was expressed about leaks of confidential proceedings reported in Italian newspapers," the US Conference of Catholic Bishops said.

"As a precaution, the cardinals have agreed not to do interviews," it added in a statement.

Italian media earlier on Wednesday reported there were "sparks" flying at pre-conclave meetings between US and German cardinals on one side and Italian ones on the other.