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8 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana The current buzz in Rome: Who is on the list of' By JOHN TItAVIS Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- When a pope gets sick, Rome starts to buzz: a low murmur of speculation about who might be the next to sit on St. Peter's throne. Pope John Paul II's current problems with his appendix and nervous system got the buzz going in September. Not that Romans expect, or want, a papal conclave in the near future; the pope, his aides keep saying, is in relatively good health for age 76. But it's human nature to worry a little, and it's a Roman hobby to scan the horizon for "papabili" -- potential papal can- didates. Residents of the Eternal City love to recite the ancient adage: "When one pope dies, they make another one." These days, though, Vatican- watchers in Rome may not be in the best position to identify strong contenders for the papacy. They're close to the Vatican and Italy, which used to produce all the popes, but far removed from local dioceses around the world. Maybe that's why the short lists of candidates being quietly passed around Rome these days Pope Continued from page 1 However, when asked about a separate papal health problem, a nervous system disorder which many believe may be Parkinson's Disease, Crucitti simply said that other special- ists were following it. A Vatican spokesman refused to elaborate, saying more information would be provided later. In a pre-recorded message played before his appearance at the hospital window, the pope said his operation helped him better understand the "gift of suffering" and its value to the church. "In these days of sickness I've learned to better comprehend the value of service that the Lord has called me to make to the church as a priest, as a bish- op and as the successor of Peter," he said. He offered thanks for the hun- dreds of get-well wishes that have poured in from around the world, and sent a special greet- ing to all those who suffer in body or spirit. Doctors said that just four days after the surgery, the pope was walking, eating solid foods and discussing church affairs with top aides. He was sleeping well and showed no sign of fever seem a bit recycled. Several are veterans of the Roman Curia: Nigerian Cardi- nal Francis Arinze, and Italian Cardinals Pio Laghi and Achille Silvestrini, for example. Brazil- ian Cardinal Lucas Moreira Neves, seasoned in the Curia for many years and now the head of a major archdiocese, is always mentioned. So is Italian Cardi- nal Carlo Martini of Milan. But most of these men are in their 70s; Cardinal Arinze, who turns 64 in November, is by far the youngest. Pope John Paul was elected at age 58 and set a new standard for energy that the world may now expect in any new pope. Throughout church history, in fact, older candidates have usu- ally been passed over. During the last 200 years, the College of Cardinals has elected only one pope over age 70 -- Pope John XXIII. The average age of newly elected pontiffs during that peri- od was 63. In the current College of Car- dinals, it's interesting to note that only 12 of the 112 potential electors are age 63 or under. Most of these younger cardinals are busy working in dioceses and have not come to the world's or abdominal pain. "The pope is made of strong stuff," Dr. Renato Buzzonetti, the pope's personal physician, told reporters Oct. 11 after vis- iting his patient. The pontiff's other doctors agreed, and said he appeared to be in very good spirits. "We are all very happy that things have gone well," said Dr. Corrado Manni, chief anesthesi- ologist on the pope's surgical team. "His recovery is progress- ing, and we are content with his overall condition." But Manni said he had been asked by several colleagues to suggest to the patient that he ease his pace a bit during recov- ery in the interest of maintain- ing his good health. The pope responded with a brief laugh, he said. Vatican officials and others expressed relief and gratifica- tion at the operation's success. A U.S. diplomat visited the protocol office at the hospital Oct. 11 to convey a get-well mes- sage from President Bill Clin- ton. The message conveyed the "thoughts and prayers of the American people" and hopes for a "full and quick recovery," said Louis Nigro, an official at the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See. 00Kempf's DONUT BANK 2128 First Ave .............. 426-Z311 5 N. Green River Rd ........ 479-051 i 1031 Diamond Ave ......... 426-0011 210 N. St. Joseph Ave ....... 426-1011 1950 WasMn_glon Ave ....... 4T/-2711 Mon.. Sat. 5am-Spin, Sun. 5am-lpm "Something good is right on your way" DELICIOUS DONUTS, CAKES, BAGELS, & COOKIES attention. The trouble with recent "papa- bili" lists is that people aren't looking far enough away or far enough ahead, said one veteran curtal official. The most proba- ble papal candidate may be in his 50s today, may work outside Rome and may not yet wear a cardinal's red hat. (Many inside the Vatican think the pope will name additional cardinals some- time over the next year.) The consensus is that the next pope will have an "internation- al" outlook and experience, deep theological formation, tradition- al but well-thought-out positions on church teachings, a solid pas- toral record and an ability to communicate. Any church leaders fit that description? One walked through Rome the other day, but was practically invisible to the papal list-mak- ers. He wasn't wearing cardinal red. But his list of credentials is long and getting longer: -- He was the main editor of the "Catechism of the Catholic Church." Appointed to a troubled archdiocese, he took steps to bridge the pastoral gap between hierarchy, clergy and faithful. -- A Dominican scholar and member of the International Theological Commission, he was tapped this year to preach the pope's Lenten retreat -- a sure sign of papal favor. -- He has traveled and lec- tured extensively and speaks six languages: German, English, French, Italian, Spanish and Latin. Archbishop Christoph Schon- born of Vienna is not, of course, running for pope. But in the heart of the Roman Curia, he's seen as a world-class leader for the future. His one-day foray to Rome in mid-September, therefore, was significant, especially because he spent the day talking to some 80 bishops from mission countries on topics crucial to the church's future: Catholic formation and teaching, unity and the nature of the church's structure. A few samples of his remarks: -- On women's ordination, Pope John Paul's statements on the all-male priesthood are right. But "I think we are not at the end of this debate. The teaching of the Holy Father is very clear, but the intelligence of faith must follow it. And it's a pastoral responsibility to fully explain this teaching." Papal tant and valid, but ter understood. It's pope's position, expressing the entrusted by church as a whole." Religious charismatics and mens sometimes bishops and clergy! aggressive is a help the church. -- Theology today or three generations from inadequate grams. One possib Using the new inaries, in beginning courses and as a cluding -- We need new the faithful to understanding majority vote or procedure cannot be t model.  Several of the tened to the talks sang es afterward. Archbishop turn 55 in the then, he'll probably ing on Roman Nigro said he found the mood among Vatican officials "very, very upbeat" about the pope's recovery. He said church officials were already discussing the probability that the pontiff would be able to celebrate a major litur- gy at St. Peter's Basilica Oct. 27 with Eastern-rite Catholics. The pope entered the hospital Oct. 6 following a full day of public ceremonies. He under- went routine pre-surgery tests the next day. He awoke at 3 a.m. the morn- ing of surgery and spent some two hours alone in prayer in a private chapel next to his hospi- tal room. At 5 a.m., he concele- brated Mass with his personal secretary. The pope went through the operation well, and all his vital signs were normal throughout the procedure, doctors said. He regained consciousness almost immediately afterward and thanked everyone on the med- ical staff. Then he asked to see the medical report doctors were preparing to release to the hun- dreds of reporters who waited outside. It was his sixth operation, and the third in the intestinal area. 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