Knoxville's Cardinal Rigali arrives in Rome

Knoxville's Cardinal Rigali arrives in Rome for selection of next pope

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Cardinal Rigali described for ABC's George Stephanopoulos about the process of selecting a pope and if a choice has already been made. Cardinal Rigali described for ABC's George Stephanopoulos about the process of selecting a pope and if a choice has already been made.
The pope greeted each cardinal, many of whom he is responsible for appointing, in a farewell gathering. The pope greeted each cardinal, many of whom he is responsible for appointing, in a farewell gathering.

ROME (WATE) - Cardinal Justin Rigali arrived in Rome Wednesday, where he will help select a successor for Pope Benedict XVI.

Vatican officials say members of the College of Cardinals will begin meeting Monday to decide when to set the date for the conclave, the selection process for a new pope.

One of those cardinals is Cardinal Rigali, archbishop emeritus of Philadelphia and now a resident of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Knoxville.

Cardinal Rigali described for ABC's George Stephanopoulos about the process of selecting a pope and if a choice has already been made.

"I think that everybody that goes in, every cardinal certainly, has some initial thoughts who he knows, going through his mind," Cardinal Rigali told George Stephanopoulos Thursday in Rome. "But I don't know of any other cardinal that has his mind made up because it is a very dynamic process."

The pope greeted each cardinal Thursday in a quiet gathering, many of whom he is responsible for appointing, in a farewell gathering.

In brief remarks the pope promised "unconditional reverence and obedience" to his successor.

"Among you is also the future pope, whom I promise my unconditional reverence and obedience," Benedict said in his final audience.

Benedict will assume a new title later of pope emeritus. He says he'll disappear from public view and dedicate himself to prayer and meditation.

During the speech to the cardinals, Benedict urged them to set aside their differences so that the College of Cardinals works "like an orchestra" where "agreement and harmony" can be reached despite diversity.

He said he would pray for them as they choose his successor.

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