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Cardinal Sandri: Roman Curia must be organized to efficiently serve Pope

2013-03-06

CARD. LEONARDO SANDRI 

Prefect, Congregation for the Oriental Churches 
"I think that's a lesson Benedict XVI leaves behind, highlighting that the Pope can do a lot or very little, and that he needs the bishops' support. The Roman Curia must be at the service of the Petrine ministry and the bishops. From that point of view, it must be organized to serve the Pope efficiently, and to serve the whole Church through the College of Bishops, and its members.” 

In terms of his ideal candidate. Cardinal Sandri looks for someone who can take on the "eclipse of God from society and disregard for religious practice,” and who can govern

CARD. LEONARDO SANDRI 
Prefect, Congregation for the Oriental Churches 
"A saintly person, or one on their way to sainthood. A person with the physical strength to carry the weight of the papacy. A person who also has the qualities to make him approachable, acceptable to those in search of God, and who approach the Church. Also someone with management qualities that can help govern the Church.” 

The resignation of Benedict XVI was not a complete surprise for Cardinal Sandri, because he had mentioned it in the book Light of the World. But he did say it would make an impact in the conclave. 

CARD. LEONARDO SANDRI 
Prefect, Congregation for the Oriental Churches 
"It definitely has its consequences, the next few Popes will not be able to forget about Benedict's decision, and will have to apply it to themselves if need be.” 

Cardinal Leonardo Sandri is one of the 19 prelates from Latin America that will partake in the conclave. He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina to Italian immigrants 69 years ago. He served as papal nuncio to Venezuela and Mexico, and was the one that announced to the world the death of John Paul II

"May our prayerful silence accompany our Holy Father John Paul II’s first moments with Christ, in Heaven.” 

Benedict XVI created him cardinal on November 2007. He is one of the most influential members within the Vatican. 


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