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
"The cardinals then expressed their
considerations on several articles of the Apostolic Constitution 'Universi
"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
"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
"As to visits to the Vatican
grottoes, which will be opened tomorrow morning at 7, the faithful
will enter through St. Peter's Basilica."