Vatican City, Apr 12, 2005 / 22:00 pm
As Monday’s papal conclave itself draws ever nearer; Holy See Press Office Director Joaquin Navarro-Valls released a statement today on the Ninth General Congregation of Cardinals, which met this morning.
140 cardinals participated in this morning’s Congregation.
In the statement, Navarro-Valls wrote that, "The cardinals discussed several articles of Chapter IV of the Apostolic Constitution 'Universi Dominici gregis’ (Chapter IV: Faculties of the Dicasteries of the Roman Curia during the vacancy of the Apostolic See), and that, they “continued their exchange of ideas on the situation of the Church and the world.
He also noted that, "The cardinals received condolences from the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See.”