Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Franciscan support and prayers for Cardinal Ranjith

The Rector of the Papal Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua has declared in a post on Facebook his  preferred successor of Pope Benedict XVI. In the basilica is the grave of the famous companion of St. Francis of Assisi, which is an annual target of hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from around the world. Father Enzo Paolo Poiana called  Cardinal Albert Malcolm Ranjith of Sri Lanka a "worthy" candidate for the Chair of St. Peter in Rome and Vicar of Christ on earth. The Archbishop of Colombo has a "Franciscan's heart and life."

On 1 March at the Basilica, the Papal coat of arms of Pope Benedict XVI was taken away. "It happens to all small and large Papal basilicas when the sede vacante begins,"  said Father Poiana. "After the election of the new coat of arms, the new arms will be attached."

Rector Poiana who knows Cardinal Ranjith personally is convinced that the Archbishop from the distant Asian country clearly "is worthy to be pope" . The name of the cardinal was a bit long and much of it might not be remembered  said Rector Poiana, but that was no problem. The Cardinal, has a "true talent for speaking" who speaks the local languages ​​including English, French, Italian, Spanish, and is also fluent in German and is responsible for the Catholics in Sri Lanka and also for those in the Maldives. Cardinal Ranjith's " is bound in friendship to Pope Benedict XVI, loves Tradition and knows the Roman Curia, " said Father Enzo Paolo Poiana, rector of the Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua.

Today, in the Papal Basilica in Padua, at the grave of St. Anthony,the five o'clock Mass will be celebrated Pro eligendo Pontifice after which Eucharistic Adoration takes place.


Cathcon- so there are two Franciscan candidates, Cardinal O'Malley and Cardinal Ranjith.   Cardinal Ranjith is the most solid supporter of the Latin Mass among the Papabile.

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