Religion Briefs

Har Shalom to host passover seder

Congregation Har Shalom will host a community passover seder led by Rabbi Eliot Baskin on March 25 in the Durango Elks Lodge ballroom, 901 East Second Ave.

Participants should enter through the side door across the street from Red Snapper. Appetizers will be served at 5:30 p.m., and the seder will take place at 6 p.m. The group will share its remembrance of the Exodus. Norton’s Catering will cater. The cost for members who make reservations prior to Friday will be $40 for adults and $12 for children. For reservations made by members from Friday through March 21 the cost will be $45 for adults and $15 for children. The cost for nonmembers who make reservations prior to Friday will be $50 for adults and $15 for children. Nonmember reservations made from Friday to March 21 will be $53 for adults and $17 for children. The cost for college students will be $25. To pay by Paypal, visit www.harshalomdurango.org; or mail a check to Congregation Har Shalom, P.O. Box 9199, Durango, CO 81302.

Volunteers are needed for setup, cleanup and other tasks. Participants are encouraged to bring a seder plate and Elijah’s cup.

For more information, call 382-8300 or email capdanbob@aol.com.

Cardinals tab Tuesday to begin pope picking

VATICAN CITY – Cardinals have set Tuesday as the start date for the conclave to elect the next pope, a milestone in this unusual papal transition and an indication that even without an obvious front-runner, the cardinals have a fairly good idea of who best among them can lead the Catholic Church and tackle its many problems.

The conclave date was set on Friday afternoon during a vote by the College of Cardinals who have been meeting all week to discuss the church’s problems and priorities and the qualities a new pope must possess.

Tuesday will begin with a morning Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, followed by a solemn procession into the Sistine Chapel and the first round of secret balloting in the afternoon.

Only one vote is held the first afternoon. If black smoke is sent snaking out of the chapel chimney to indicate there is no immediate victor, the cardinals will retire for the day. They will return Wednesday for two rounds of balloting in the morning, two rounds in the afternoon until a pope has been chosen.

Herald Staff and Associated Press