‘Trust the Holy Spirit’ Local Catholics sound off on hopes for next pope

‘Trust the Holy Spirit’ Local Catholics sound off on hopes for next pope

Local believe the cardinals will elect the right pope for the times
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The Rev. Joseph “Larry” Gallegos and Deacon Toby Romero conduct morning Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Feb. 27. Gallegos joins other American priests who hope healing will occur after the sexual-abuse scandals of the last decade as the College of Cardinals prepares to elect a new pope.
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Sixth-, seventh- and eighth grade students from St. Columba Catholic School wait their turn to rehearse the school’s Passion Play in the sanctuary of St. Columba Church on Tuesday morning. It’s a school tradition for the middle school-aged students to present the story of the death and Resurrection of Christ during Lent.
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Rex Gwinn, a seventh-grade student at St Columba School, carries a cross at St. Columba Church on Tuesday morning as students rehearse their upcoming Passion Play. Durango’s Catholics will join others from around the world as the church’s cardinals gather in Rome to elect a new pope.
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Choosing a pope

The Roman Catholic Church is currently in a period called the interregnum or sede vacante, when St. Peter’s throne is vacant. The church is being guided by the College of Cardinals, which also will elect Benedict XVI’s successor. Only cardinals...

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