CHICAGO (CBS) — As Cardinal Francis George prepares to leave for Rome, he has a few things on his mind.
At a ceremony at Holy Name preparing new Catholics to take their sacraments at Easter vigil, Cardinal George asked them to pray for him and the other cardinals. He’s hoping the impending snow storm will not delay his flight, as he’s expected to be in Rome for a final blessing from the pope Wednesday.
Asked whether the cardinals will take age into consideration when selecting a new leader, Cardinal George said, “Certainly we want someone who is vigorous and able to govern for a good number of years. Most of the cardinals are not really young men, most are in their 60s or 70s, and so probably someone in those decades of life.”