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Day 4 of discussions, cardinals are in no rush to set a date for Conclave

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Out of the 115 cardinal electors, 114 took part in the meeting. Vietnamese Cardinal Pham Minh Man, had not yet arrived, perhaps halting the selection of when the conclave will start.

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Vatican spokesman

"I think it's very normal and natural that they haven't decided on a date yet. This means that when a date is chosen they won't really need that much more time for reflection and discussion. It will mean that they are prepared for the coming decision.”

On Thursday morning, 16 cardinals spoke during the meeting. The topics included ecumenism, charitable works and the fight against poverty.

But the core issues are still new new evangelization, management of the Curia and the profile the next Pope should have. During this time, many cardinals are eager to walk up to the podium to speak their minds.

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Vatican spokesman

"Certainly there is a long waiting list to speak. So one of the things we can look at, is if this waiting list is to talk about generic issues, or more specific and concrete issues that are of interest to the Church.”

On behalf of the College of Cardinals, Cardinal Dean, Angelo Sodano, sent a telegram of condolence, in light of the recent death of Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez.

As stated by Apostolic Law, during the Sede Vacante period, every three days, a group of three cardinals is selected to decide all the executive decision that need to take place by the College of Cardinals.  Today that responsibility was given to Cardinals Rai, Monsengwo Pasinya and De Paolis.

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