With the papal conclave now set to start next Monday, March 11, reports Vatican Insider, future popes are likely to follow in the footsteps of Benedict XVI, Cardinal George Pell said in an interview, reports the Catholic News Agency.
“I think his pontificate will be typical of pontificates of the future,” said Cardinal Pell, the Archbishop of Sydney, in an interview with EWTN in Rome on Thursday.
“I admire him for the decision that he took, but it does change the situation a little bit,” said Cardinal Pell.
Cardinal Pell reflected on the last Pope’s pontificate and the challenges facing the Church. “The world of the press is very powerful, coming often with quite a different and hostile agenda, but I think the Holy Father answered that challenge and I think he answered it well,” he said.
The cardinal, who travels to Rome frequently, said he knows “just how important it is for us to discern what the Spirit wants us to do and to get it right.”
“When I go into the conclave I’ll be thanking God that I’m not alone in making this decision,” he said. “I will be with 114 of us, all wise cardinals, with an enormous range of experience.”
“Many of them would have been through much tougher times than I ever have,” Cardinal Pell added.
Conclave to start on March 11 (Vatican Insider)
Future popes will mirror Benedict, says Cardinal Pell (CNA)