When the secret conclave begins on Friday (25 August) to elect a new Pope, there will be one less Cardinal present than originally envisaged.
When the secret conclave begins on Friday (25 August) to elect a new Pope, there will be one less Cardinal present than originally envisaged. Cardinal Paul Yu-Pin of Taiwan arrived in Rome for Pope Paul's funeral, but fainted during the ceremony. He subsequently died at the house in Rome of an order of nuns, leaving Ill Cardinals in the sacred College to elect a new pontiff. All but a handful of them were present for a Requiem Mass for Cardinal Yu at St. Peter's on Friday (18 August).
SYNOPSIS: Cardinals from throughout the would are in Rome for the conclave including Cardinal Munoz Vega of Ecuador and Humberto Quintero of Venezuela.
Leading European Catholic churchmen present include Cardinal Joseph Hoffner of West Germany.
Italy's Cardinal Sebastiano Baggio is reportedly a leading contender to become Pope. He and fellow Italian Cardinal Antonio Samore joined the mourners at the Requiem Mass for their Taiwanese colleague Cardinal Yu. Ordained into the Catholic priesthood in 1928, the Chinese churchman was created a Cardinal in 1969, 20 years after his expulsion from mainland China.
Cardinal Ugo Poletti, who looked after the Diocese of Rome on behalf of Pope Paul, celebrated the Mass for the late Cardinal, who has staunch anti-communist. His presence in Taiwan was regarded as a reason for Peking's persistent refusal to respond to Paul's overtures to discuss the fate of China's two and a half million Catholics. Although they lament the death of 77-year-old Cardinal Yu, Vatican officials hope the next Pope may now find Peking more approachable.