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NC Catholics in Rome want 'young, vibrant' pope

Posted March 11, 2013

As the world waits for a new pope to greet crowds of the faithful in Vatican City this week, several people from the Triangle will be among them.

Warren County residents Jeanette and Alan Kimball are no strangers to St. Peter's Basilica. Twenty years ago, Alan Kimball was the military ataché at the U.S. Embassy in Rome, which still feels like home, the couple says.

"Even though we've done it over the years a number of times, the hair still stands up on the back of my neck when you look at all that history," Alan Kimball said. 

Timothy Ahn and Michael Shuetz are Raleigh seminarians at Rome's North American College. They have seen Vatican City come alive in recent days with church leaders who are preparing to choose a new pope.

"You have a cardinal and a bishop, one after another, coming," Ahn said. "They're all residing here down the hallway. (It's) very interesting to have all that around us, keeps you on your toes."

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Shuetz said he looks forward to the conclave and wants the church to choose someone "young and vibrant."

Jeanette Kimball agreed.

"(We want) someone young enough to carry and cure and lead during this time of so much opposition and things that are difficult for Catholics," she said. 

Ahn said he was confident that the Holy Spirit would guide cardinals to make the right choice.

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  • Euro American Mar 13, 6:44 p.m.

    David Crabtree is amazing.

  • BPractical Mar 12, 7:52 p.m.

    It might not matter to you but to some 1 billion of us, this is quite important. carrboroyouth

    Not really, in the US, 55% don't participate and in Europe it's over 60%. The pope doesn't matter to many Catholics in the US and WW (me included).

  • carrboroyouth Mar 12, 4:11 p.m.

    "Does this Cardinal Dolan guy have a shot at it? He seems like a straight talker."
    --stymieindurham

    Some sources are saying that he is very likely being considered, but it would be the first for an American! Peter Turkson of Ghana is also a name I have heard mentioned several times. I hope we get a good one. We need him...

  • carrboroyouth Mar 12, 4:07 p.m.

    If you don't care about the conclave, no one is forcing you to read these stories. Why post any comments at all if it "makes you nauseous?"

    It might not matter to you but to some 1 billion of us, this is quite important.

  • jenjengirl89 Mar 12, 3:36 p.m.

    "I see no reason for a local station to send anyone over there. Let the national news organizations report it."

    Since local TV stations are privately funded businesses and don't work for the taxpayers, what they spend their money on is absolutely none of your business.

  • Wiser_now Mar 12, 2:42 p.m.

    Karmageddon -
    So the local stations should only report local events? A local perspective on world events might be enlightening. It might be presented by a local in terms other locals will appreciate and understand.

  • 321oohaw Mar 12, 2:41 p.m.

    They have a really nice hotel there, called "Our Lady of Perpetual Health"...$50/night

  • 321oohaw Mar 12, 2:39 p.m.

    young and vibrant in this context I guess would be 75 years or older?

  • Karmageddon Mar 12, 10:11 a.m.

    I see no reason for a local station to send anyone over there. Let the national news organizations report it.

  • Terkel Mar 11, 10:59 p.m.

    The selection of the next Pope should not be a popularity contest. "Young and vibrant" are not the first qualities to consider, IMO. Scholarship, diplomacy, honesty, courage, and love for the people of his church should be among the top considerations.

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