Cardinal Kasper against 'rushing' conclave

'We need time to get to know each other'

Cardinal Kasper against 'rushing' conclave

Berlin, March 4 - German Cardinal Walter Kasper said Monday he was opposed to rushing the conclave of cardinals to elect a new pope. "We need time to get to know one another," Kasper told German daily Stuttgarter Zeitung. "A papal election is not something you should rush". Kasper, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, was among over 100 cardinals assembled in Rome this week for a series of pre-conclave meetings known as general congregations. Traditionally a conclave begins 15 days after the death of a pope. In one of his final acts as pontiff, Benedict XVI issued a decree allowing the conclave to begin sooner since he announced his resignation on February 11 and cardinals had ample time to meet and come to Rome. The cardinals have yet to determine when the conclave will take place.

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