WHAT: Special Mass and Prayers for Papal Conclave
WHERE: Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption, 615 Hoyt Ave. Saginaw
WHEN: Noon on Tuesday, March 12
Saginaw, Mich.- On Tuesday, March 12, Catholics of the Diocese of Saginaw will gather for Mass at the Cathedral to pray for the Catholic Cardinals in Rome who will elect the new pope. The Most Rev. Bishop Cistone will preside at the Cathedral Mass. All are welcome to attend.
In a statement issued in February, the Most Rev. Bishop Joseph Cistone said, “I am confident that the Holy Spirit will continue to guide our Church. We thank the Lord for the gift of Pope Benedict XVI, who led brilliantly and served faithfully as the successor of St. Peter. Let us also pray for the cardinals as they convene in the weeks ahead to elect the future Shepherd of our universal Church.”
Among the conclave are 11 American cardinals including Cardinal Justin Rigali who was the principal consecrator at Bishop Cistone’s episcopal ordination Mass (the Mass where Monsignor Cistone became a Bishop) on July 28, 2004.
According to Vatican Radio “A ‘ pro eligendo Romano Pontifice ‘ Mass will be celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica in the morning. Then Tuesday afternoon the 115 Cardinal Electors will gather in the Pauline Chapel for a moment of collection and prayer and from there they will process in order of precedence through the Sala Regia to the Sistine Chapel invoking the Holy Spirit.
“A two thirds majority is required for the election of a Pope. Of the 115 Cardinal Electors, more than half are European with the largest single nationality represented by the 28 Italian Cardinal Electors. In a geographical breakdown: 60 come from Europe, 19 from Latin America, 14 from North America, 11 from Africa, 10 from Asia and 1 from Oceania.
“There were eight Conclaves in the 20th century, only three of which lasted longer than three days. The longest Conclave in the last two hundred years was 1830-1831. It lasted 50 days for a total of 83 ballots resulting in the election of Gregory XVI, the last religious elected to the papacy. The shortest Conclave in the 20th century took place in 1939. Eugenio Pacelli was elected Pius XII after just three ballots. ...”
The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw was established by Pope Pius XI on February 26, 1938. Today, it includes 6,955 square miles across Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Midland, Sanilac, Saginaw and Tuscola counties. The diocesan 75th anniversary year of prayer and celebration for blessings past and yet to come began on September 8, 2012, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and will conclude on August 15, 2013, the Solemnity of the Assumption, the patronal feast of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw.