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Remembering a shepherd on conclave eve

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Tens of thousands of words have been written about the cardinals and candidates who will be entering the conclave tomorrow at the Vatican.  One of these men will almost certainly emerge as our next pope. 

I hope he is a good man, an honest person who will live transparently and run a transparent church.  I hope his reach will have no bounds, embracing all the sinners and saints who make up the human family.  I hope he will be merciful and will restrain from judgments.

Final days of Benedict full of unclear calls for change

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As a few night owls strolled through the crisp Roman evening Feb. 28, they were illuminated by one less reflection of lights. Behind the northern side of the square’s iconic colonnades, the apostolic palace was dark.

In a small but tell-tale sign of the transition facing the church, the lights of the pope’s apartment had been turned off.

Governance a top issue in 2013 conclave

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Eight years ago, when the cardinals of the world gathered to elect a successor to Pope John Paul II, their watchword was “continuity.” Buoyed by the massive outpouring of grief and affection for the late pope that washed through the streets of Rome, they felt they had just witnessed the end of a massively successful pontificate, and they wanted to keep the momentum going.

The man who was the intellectual architect of John Paul’s papacy, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, therefore seemed an obvious choice.

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