Tuesday, April 05, 2005

91 Cardinals Present in Rome; 'In Pectore' Cardinal Still Secret

In the Holy See Press Office today, Archbishop Piero Marini, master of the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff, and Holy See Press Office Director Joaquin Navarro-Valls, held a press conference to provide some information on today's meeting of cardinals and on the period of the vacant see.

Navarro-Valls explained that "the third general congregation held today was attended by 88 of the 91 cardinals present in Rome," and that those who participated considered themes "concerning the Pope's funeral and the upcoming conclave, the date of which has yet to be established."

Later, replying to journalists' questions, he specified that "the name of the cardinal 'in pectore' [in the heart, or "secret"] had not been made public. We must wait and see if it is given in the will, which has not yet been read." -V.I.S.


Jake Scriggs said...

what the heck is the in pectore cardinal? i'm catholic and i've never heard of that.

Andy H said...

It is a secret cardinal, Jake. In some countries, a cardinal's life would be in danger, so he is named secretly.

Anonymous said...

what’s his "in the heart, or 'secret'" Cardinals purpose?

Anonymous said...

A search for "pectore cardinal" reveals fascinating information.

April 3, 2005 "The Vatican said yesterday that Chinese authorities have carried out a new series of arrests of officials from China's illegal Roman Catholic Church." - http://www.washingtontimes.com/functions/print.php?StoryID=20050402-114305-4001r

~JS said...

What do you think...should PJPII be seriously considered for the title Doctor of the Church? it's only been about 1,500 years (or so) since this title was bestowed on a Pope...more info at: www.pol-blog.blogspot.com

Bob said...

Why hasn't the will been read yet?

Igor said...

i love Karol whom God hath made
strong to inspire hope in man,
who gave his life in a collapsing world
in order to remind of faith,
to face it with our own eyes,
like him.
in the private sanctity of his prayer
he remained with the wish to help others
all his life,
giving with his last words to all mankind,
both to those that practice Christianity
or mock it,
that hope of mankind
gives light from inner peace,
while smug cynicism may rule its bloody gains
this truth of inner peace is always offered
for us all.
to teach this one thing
this man did all through the years he lived,
and in this way
we remember him
as unfailing lucid strength of faith
unconquered by the darknesses,
forever walking now in the spring dawn gardens
of our own.

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Veronica said...


Thanks for your long post. Very informative and right to the punch. I have read about everything you said in encyclopedias and other history sources, but it's refreshing to read about it in such a concise way. :)

Jimbo said...

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