ROME (KTLA) — Cardinals in Rome will hold a final pre-conclave meeting on Monday to discuss the state of the church before heading behind closed doors on Tuesday.
As the final preparations were being made, Cardinal Roger Mahoney celebrated Mass on Sunday at the Santi Quattro Coronati, a basilica rich with ancient Roman history dating back to the 4th century.
The basilica is Mahony’s church in Rome, far from the scandal and criticism he faces back in Los Angeles.
Though the church is more than 6,000 miles away from Los Angeles, every day, the nuns pray for a city and a people they’ve never met.
“It’s a great thing to know that these wonderful Augustinian sisters who live here pray for all of us in Los Angeles,” Mahony said on Sunday.
Cardinal Mahony is in Rome for the conclave, despite some protests because of his connection to the priest sex abuse scandal.
But Mahony says he was summoned to the Vatican by a higher power, and he’s blogging about how he’s already met the next Pope.
He says: “Almost every day, I greet our new pope, maybe have a cappuccino with him.”
“Trouble is, I don’t know which one of these Cardinals will be elected in the coming week. But it is one of them.”
Time is running out for the cardinals to take coffee breaks and mingle and size one another up for the job of pope.
On Tuesday, they go into the conclave to privately cast their ballots and make history, and the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics will be waiting and watching for that puff of white smoke.
-Lynette Romero, KTLA News