The man cardinals choose as the next pope must be someone with the requisite energy and mastery of modern communications media to promote a revival of the faith in increasingly secular societies around the world, said Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, reports the Catholic News Service.
The cardinal, who will vote in the upcoming papal election, spoke with CNS hours after arriving in Rome on February 25.
"The secularism that is just engulfing our culture," he said, "will be weighing heavily on the hearts and minds in the conclave."
"Those people who think they know the Gospel and it doesn't have any meaning for them, they're the people we have to find a way to touch, to invite once again to the embrace of Christ," he said. "That thought, that concern, that issue, is going to be something that we'll all carry with us into the conclave."
Cardinal Wuerl, 72, said the same idea dominated the world Synod of Bishops on the new evangelisation, which met at the Vatican in October 2012.
Adelaide Now reports that the former head of the Church in England and Wales, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, says the next pope must drive through reforms in the wake of scandals that have hit the Church.
Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor, the former archbishop of Westminster, said Pope Benedict XVI's successor must be "capable of the kind of reform and renewal that are needed in the church".
"The pope's own house has got to be put in order," Murphy-O'Connor told a press conference in London.
"As you know there have been troubles in recent years. These have got to be addressed."
Confronting secularism a priority for next pope (CNS)
New pope must lead reforms (Adelaide Now)