PAPAL APARTMENTS CLOSED WITH SEAL OF APOSTOLIC CAMERA

VATICAN CITY, APR 12, 2005 (VIS) - Today, at the end of the Eighth General Congregation of Cardinals in the period of the vacant see, Holy See Press Office Director Joaquin Navarro-Valls released the following statement to journalists:

"The 8th General Congregation of Cardinals began at 9 this morning in the New Synod Hall. There were 137 cardinals present.

"After the opening prayer and the swearing of the oath by Cardinal Jean Margeot, who just arrived today, several decisions were communicated on the matter of expenses that are incurred during the period of the vacant see, as well as indications on the transportation of the cardinals from the Domus Sanctae Marthae to the Sistine Chapel and back.

"Cardinal Sergio Sebastiani informed the cardinals on the consolidated financial statements of the Holy See for 2004, and on several particulars of the consolidated budget for 2005.

"The cardinals then expressed their considerations on several articles of the Apostolic Constitution 'Universi Dominici gregis'.

"The participants of the General Congregation began an exchange of ideas on the general situation of the Church in the World and on the Holy See.

"After the cardinal camerlengo informed the General Congregation about the definitive closing of the pontifical apartment with the placement of the seals of the Apostolic Camera, the meeting concluded with the recitation of the Regina Coeli.

"As was previously announced, tomorrow morning, April 13 at 10 a.m. in the atrium of the Paul VI Hall, the cardinals will receive the condolences of the diplomatic corps.

"As to visits to the Vatican grottoes, which will be opened tomorrow morning at 7, the faithful will enter through St. Peter's Basilica."
 

FAITHFUL MAY VISIT JOHN PAUL'S GRAVE STARTING APRIL 13

HOMILY OF THE FUNERAL MASS OF POPE JOHN PAUL II

MILLIONS, INCLUDING 200 HEADS OF STATE, ATTEND POPE'S FUNERAL

SCHEDULE FOR NOVENDIALI, NINE DAYS OF MOURNING FOR POPE

CONCLAVE TO START AFTERNOON OF APRIL 18

THE FINAL DAYS OF POPE JOHN PAUL II

PAPAL FUNERAL WILL FOLLOW ANCIENT, UNIQUE RITE

POPE JOHN PAUL II'S FUNERAL IS ON FRIDAY

POPE DIES ON VIGIL OF DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

POPE JOHN PAUL LEFT MESSAGE FOR DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

POPE'S MESSAGE REMAINS ENGRAVED IN PEOPLES HEARTS

POPE JOHN PAUL II HAS DIED

POPE JOHN PAUL II RECEIVES ETERNAL REWARD


 

 

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