Tuesday, April 19, 2005: My flight arrives in Rome early on the second morning of the conclave. I proceed immediately to the mother house of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, my hosts for the week. Though anxious to join the crowd at St. Peter’s Square, I accept the invitation to stay for the midday meal. I am welcomed by Fr. Anthony McSweeney, an Australian who has lived in Rome for thirty years. A warm, open man who clearly delights in...
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Timothy P. Schilling, studied theology at the Catholic University of Leuven and earned a doctorate in practical theology at the Catholic Theological University of Utrecht. Since 2003 he has served on the staff of the Center for Parish Spirituality, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.