ROME — “It’s not journalists that vote in the conclave. It’s cardinals,” Mexican Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera said on Sunday, after celebrating Mass at his titular church of San Francesco di Ripa Grande.
Cardinal Rivera’s words underscore that this conclave could deliver a surprise and the possibility that none of the cardinals mentioned as papabili will be the new pope.
In fact, now more than ever, each cardinal has approximately the same odds of becoming pope.
Gianfranco Svidercoschi, the former vice director of the Vatican paper L’Osservatore Romano, said that, “traditionally, the cardinals had two different and contrasting schools of thought: those who want to bring on the...READ MORE