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Thursday, February 23, 2017
Cardinals in Rome for consistory
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 Most of the world's cardinals have gathered in Rome today for the start of the consistory. More than 160 of the 183 cardinals from five continents, will meet for the next three days to discuss a 14-page agenda. After the opening prayers today, Pope John Paul II spoke of the new priorities to spread the missionary message of the Roman Catholic Church. He said the cardinals should pray for inspiration, keeping close to all Christians as the first priests did in the early days of the Church. A keynote speech was due to be delivered later in the day by Cardinal Jean Marie Lustiger, the Archbishop of Paris, who is of Polish origin, a Jewish convert to Catholicism. The consistory is being held in private. A briefing will be given to the media after each session. The event will end with lunch at the hotel on Thursday, after Mass at St Peter's.
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