As you may know, I have traveled to Rome to meet with our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, in the final days of his pontificate, and then to prepare for the upcoming conclave to elect the next successor of Peter.
During this time, you will certainly continue to be in my thoughts and my prayers, and I ask that you keep me in yours. We Cardinal electors will rely very much on your prayers.
Blog postings and my columns in the Catholic Standard will continue to be published because they have been prepared in advance. The rules of the conclave prohibit outside communications. As we continue our journey in Lent during this Year of Faith on the way to the Paschal Mystery in the hope of life ever-lasting, may the blessings of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.