Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Wink of Pope Benedict towards Pope Francis

It was a wink. It is now more than clear. Before leaving the top of the Catholic Church, Benedict XVI made a gesture towards the Argentinian Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Before his resignation became effective, the then pope appointed the Archbishop of Buenos Aires as a member of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America (CAL). Soon after, the Cardinal and today top leader of the Catholic Church went to Rome for the Conclave that ended up choosing him.

The presence of the Argentines in the Vatican is maximized with Bergoglio. Although there are others like Cardinal Leonardo Sandri and Archbishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, as directors of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America and Archbishop Mario Antonio Cargnello, Archbishop of Salta, and Monsignor Hector Aguer, Archbishop of La Plata, as members of the CAL.

The Pontifical Commission for Latin America, part of the Congregation for Bishops, was established with the aim of studying in a unified way the reality of the Church in Latin America, promoting close cooperation with the departments, and to assist the Latin American Episcopal Council (CELAM).

The President of CAL is the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, currently the Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet, one of those mentioned as candidates to succeed Benedict XVI. But it was the Argentine Bergoglio who he ended up winning. Joseph Ratzinger had given him a wink before leaving.


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