Manila, Philippines, Mar 1, 2005 / 22:00 pm
In a statement given yesterday, Archbishop Oscar Cruz, of Lingayen-Dagupan in the Philippines made media waves when he told Catholics to stop speculating on who would replace Pope John Paul II and instead, pray for his recovery.
He called the speculation, which has recently taken center stage in the world media, “one of the most futile things they can do.”
“The successor of Peter is the concern of Christ”, he said, “It is none of our business."
Faithful across the globe have been offering their prayers for the 84-year old Holy Father who underwent a tracheotomy surgery last Thursday.