Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, celebrated Pope Benedict XVI with a special mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine today before heading to the airport. He then departed Dulles International for Rome, to take part in the selection of a new pope.
Wuerl says Pope Benedict's successor will need to have a balance between wisdom and energy, with enough experience to be able to lead the church. Wuerl will be one of 117 cardinals who will enter the conclave. 11 of them are from the U.S., but he says he doubts the new pontiff will be an American since the country is such a super power. Wuerl says, "I don't think it would be seen as a good thing if the Pope who is supposed to be reminding governments of their responsibility to provide peace should be from the same super power, that's just a thought."
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