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Chilean cardinal to announce Pope's successor


The name of the successor to Pope John Paul II will be announced by a Chilean cardinal, after John Paul II formally asked 78 year old Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estevez to step onto the balcony of St Peter's after his death and the election of a new pope, and announce the name of his successor to the world.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that his new brief comes with the title of protodeacon, bestowed on the person most awaited by the public after 119 cardinals meet behind closed doors in a so-called Conclave to elect the 265th pope.

The honour is related to his age and not to merit, Medina Estivez said, adding: "But the crucial moment hasn't come yet".

"There is no indication of a crisis. The crisis has passed," he said, referring to John Paul II's latest health scare.

Medina Estevez said there is no risk that the successor could be him.

"The cardinals would be foolish [to do that]," he said. "There is no risk [that will happen]."

Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said in a statement yesterday that the Holy Father has begun efforts to recover his voice following his throat operation on Thursday that became necessary after complications of the flu.

John Paul II, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, a neurological disorder, made a surprise appearance at his hospital window on Sunday - making the sign of the cross and waving to pilgrims.

It was the first time he has been seen in public since his hospitalisation on Thursday.

SOURCE
Chilean cardinal to announce Pope's successor (Sydney Morning Herald/AFP 1/3/05)

LINKS
Jorge Arturo Medina Estevez (The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church) | Additions 2005 - February
Conclave (Catholic Encyclopedia)

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