Official Mourning for Pope Ends

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican's nine-day mourning period for Pope John Paul is over.

A cardinal from Chile has presided over the last Mass for the pope in St. Peter's Basilica. Tomorrow, the 115 cardinals who will elect a new pope move into their quarters for the conclave, which starts Monday.

Earlier today, the cardinals destroyed John Paul's Fisherman's Ring and lead seal to formally signify the end of his 26-year reign.

Once the conclave begins, the cardinals will be sealed off from anyone who hasn't taken an oath of secrecy. A Vatican spokesman says "specialized technicians" at the Vatican are making sure that no communications emerge from the Sistine Chapel, where the cardinals will meet.

Jamming devices have been installed to prevent cellphones and listening devices from working. There will also be extra restrictions on tourists during the conclave.

Also, just days before Roman Catholic cardinals select a new pope, a human rights lawyer in Argentina has filed a criminal complaint against a cardinal mentioned as a possible contender. It accuses Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of involvement in the 1976 kidnappings of two Jesuit priests by Argentina's military dictatorship.

The cardinal's spokesman says the allegation is baseless, calling it "old slander." He says it comes from a book by "a gentleman of dubious fame."

Under Argentine law, an accusation can be filed with a very low threshold of evidence. The court later decides whether there is cause to investigate and file charges.

An Italian newspaper says the accusations are being "fueled by Bergoglio's enemies." It says the cardinal actually helped win the priests' freedom.

Bergoglio is the archbishop of Buenos Aires.


KBTX-TV Channel 3 4141 E. 29th Street Bryan, TX 77802 Phone: (979) 846-7777 Fax: (979) 846-1490 News Fax: (979) 846-1888
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 1480552 - kbtx.com/a?a=1480552
Gray Television, Inc.