Rome, Italy, Mar 1, 2013 / 16:05 pm
Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan of Mexico, who participated in the conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI, stressed the great responsibility undertaken by the cardinals who will choose the next Pope.
In an interview with CNA on Feb. 21, Cardinal Lozano Barragan explained that participating in a conclave is "a very beautiful experience," but because of the responsibility it entails, it is "not at all desirable."
"First of all it means being responsible before God and then before the entire world," he said, noting that it is "no small thing" to choose someone with the "ability to be the center of unity and strength for the 1.2 billion Catholics throughout the world."
During the conclaves, he explained, the cardinals become instruments of the Holy Spirit to elect a new Pope, and therefore, "they have to be up to the task."