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Vatican newspaper publishes English translation of meditation before papal conclave

March 25, 2014

L’Osservatore Romano has published an English translation of the meditation that Cardinal Prosper Grech, a biblical scholar, preached to the cardinal electors before they elected Pope Francis.

“At the venerable age of 87 I am one of the eldest in the College of Cardinals, though as regards the appointment I am still a newborn; and since my life has always been dedicated to study, my knowledge of the affairs and work of the Curia does not surpass the third grade,” he began.

“Only as such do I dare to present this simple meditation in nomine Domini [in the name of the Lord],” he continued. “The act which you areabout to fulfil here in the Sistine Chapel is a kairos, a powerful moment of grace in the history of salvation, which continues to unfold in the Church until the end of time.”


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