Indonesian cardinal to sit out conclave for next pope
JAKARTA (AFP) - Indonesia's cardinal, one of the 117 expected to elect a new pope, will not go to Rome for the vote due to ailing health, he said in an interview with a Catholic magazine.
Cardinal Julius Riyadi Darmaatmadja, 78, said his eyesight was failing and that he would not be able to handle reading the "texts, materials, rules, and so on" necessary for the event.
"I will not go. My eyesight does not allow me to be involved," he told Hidup Katolik magazine in its February 24 edition.
"For this, I ask forgiveness from the Catholic Church of Indonesia, that I cannot represent (the country) in this very important event," he said.