Cardinal Schönborn: It is 'a time of thirst' for the church

ROME - As the cardinals of the Roman Catholic church meet to determine who will be the next pope, they must realize that "it is a time of thirst" for the church, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn said Tuesday.

Schönborn spoke to NCR after a memorial service for Hungarian martyr Maria Restituta at a Roman parish that is a shrine to 20th-century martyrs, such as El Salvador Bishop Oscar Romero. Asked what issues the conclave faces, Schönborn replied, "This is the kind of events that shows what is really important."

Schönborn's comments came as the church's cardinals are meeting in general congregations this week in preparation for the conclave.

Some see Schönborn, a 68-year-old member of the Dominican order known for both for his quick response to sexual abuse issues and personnel clashes with his archdiocesan staff, as a possible moderate fall-back candida...


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