.- In his latest column for LâEspresso online, Vatican observer Sandro Magister speculates about the most important âcandidatesâ in a possible conclave and signals that Pope John Paul II could convene a consistory this year to create new cardinals. The latest interventions by the Pope, argues Magister, ârefute the notion that John Paul II is not making decisions. On the contrary; Pope Wojtyla has certain matters in his heart, and he wishes to continue working for them with a resolution that is not affected in the least by his physical fragility.â
According to Magister, one of these matters is âthe defense of the unborn,â a theme that âis destined to be continued with his successor.â
For this reason, Magister points out that âof the conclave that will elect the next Pope, in fact, if Ratzinger is not the one elected, it will be someone whom he designates.â
Magister maintains the Pope could create new cardinals sometime between June and October. In his column he speculates about who those new cardinals might be.
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