CREATED Feb. 21, 2013
It is one of the most historic events in the Catholic Church's history.
In just a few weeks the Vatican Cardinals will elect a new pope. But before he heads to Rome, Archbishop of Washington, Donald Cardinal Wuerl made a stop in Southwest Florida. Cardinal Wuerl was the keynote speaker at Ave Maria University's scholarship dinner.
Cardinal Wuerl had plenty to say to his Naples audience but it is the worldwide audience he'll have when he elects a new pope that we asked him about.
"The first thing to come to my mind and heart is just how important this decision will be." Cardinal Wuerl said.
He and the other Cardinals will vote based on what their hearts tell them.
"It is a moment however long that moment might be, days weeks, a moment of silence and the silence is to allow the spirit to speak to the heart of each Cardinal." Cardinal Wuerl said.
Cardinal Wuerl's name has not been mentioned as a possible candidate, but some other Americans have. But, he says it is not likely.
"The United States is the worlds only super-power and part of the mission of the pope is to remind us how the power is used its probably best done by someone who isn't ideally apart of the United States." Cardinal Wuerl said.
We asked what he is looking for in the next Pope.
"One thing that will be the most prominent in my choice is someone to continue the legacy of John Paul the 2nd and Pope Benedict that keeps us focused on the spiritual mission of the church." Cardinal Wuerl said.
Cardinal Wuerl will head to Rome Sunday and he hopes the Conclave will start by March 6th or 7th..