What Qualities Would You Like to See in the Next Pope?

Pope Benedict XVI will retire this week.

At 8 p.m. Thursday, Pope Benedict XVI will become the first pope in more than 600 years to retire. 

The cardinals of the Roman Catholic church will meet in Rome this week to bid farewell to Pope Benedict as well as to decide when the conclave will begin to elect the next pope.

The church has said it plans to have a new pope in place before Easter on March 31.

Speculation has already started on who might be the next pope, including Cardinal Sean O'Malley of the Archdiocese of Boston. 

What issues in the Roman Catholic Church would you like to see the next pope address? What qualities would you like to see in the next pope? Let us know in the comments section.

Lillian McGowan February 26, 2013 at 09:21 PM
Of course the Pope cannot change any of God's laws, but some of the church laws can...and should be....changed. I truly believe that it is time for the Catholic church to consider married priests. With the shortage of priests we now have, this would certainly be a big improvement. I would like to see the church speak out a lot more on so-called Catholics who support abortion and gay marriages, which so many of our elected officials do. I would love to see the Catholic Church deny communion to those who openly support such issues. The Body and Blood of our Saviour should not be given to those who oppose the church's -- and mainly God's;; teachings. God bless whomever our newly elected pope will be.
Holly Nadler February 27, 2013 at 02:15 AM
My suggestion for the next pope: A gender change.
Henry Fool February 27, 2013 at 12:58 PM
A new hat, Vatican yard sale and a life lived in poverty, for a start.
donna March 01, 2013 at 11:29 AM
Sad there is no respect in either statement, you don't have to believe but the lack of respect is disgraceful...I am referring to Holly and Henry "fool" statements
donna March 01, 2013 at 11:33 AM
If you don't mind I would like to add one more thing, allowing divorced people to receive communion without going for an annulment....I miss my faith but cannot and will not pay to receive the body of Christ because I no longer wanted to suffer in a marriage without love. I am saying this with the deepest respect to my Catholic religion
Rosaleen O'Halloran March 11, 2013 at 09:40 PM
Well I strongly agree with the second half of Henry desire for what he'd like changed.There needs to be a dramatic reduction int he vactican spending. Benedict XIVpaid $800.00 for Italian leather shoes.He also purchased a ermine lined cape for $8000.00 because he admired a former popes cape. Not fiscally responsible especially with the poor & needy they preach about. Henry they have changed the hats . They're called Mitres.
Rosaleen O'Halloran March 11, 2013 at 09:44 PM
FYI Since Cardinal O'Malley is a Franciscan,he's an order priest as such he has taken a vow of poverty at his ordiation


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