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Sodano calls for Church 'unity' in pre-conclave homily

Cardinals are 'called to cooperate with the successor of Peter'

Sodano calls for Church 'unity' in pre-conclave homily

Vatican City, March 12 - Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals, called for Church unity in his homily during the pre-conclave 'pro eligendo Romano Pontifice' mass in St Peter's Nasilica on Tuesday. ''St. Paul teaches that each of us must work to build up the unity of the Church so that 'From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work','' said the former Vatican secretary of state commenting on Paul's letter to the Ephesians. ''Each of us is therefore called to cooperate with the successor of Peter, the visible foundation of such an ecclesial unity,'' he concluded. The mass was the final liturgical act of the college of cardinals before they enter into conclave later on Tuesday to elect a new pope to succeed Benedict XVI, who abdicated due to diminishing physical and mental strength last month.

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