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Sunday, April 10, 2005

Cardinals preparing spiritually for conclave

The media are calling it a media blackout, but Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls has referred to the Cardinals' period of media silence as a "'period of silence and prayer' ahead of the conclave gathering later this month, which itself will be shrouded in secrecy."

I'm not sure how any journalist could take offense at such a decision. Even those who do not believe that this process must involve the Holy Spirit should at least be able to understand that the Cardinals certainly do believe it. If they did not, this whole process would be unnecessary.

We should believe it, too. And if we believe it, we should be joining the Cardinals in their prayer vigil of preparation. They will be under tremendous spiritual siege right now, and could use all the prayer and protection they can get. So please offer daily prayer from now until the white smoke rises and the bells peal, that our Cardinals will make wise, Spirit-led decisions for a Pope who will serve God and Church well.