Catholic and Jewish leaders gather for 2-day symposium
1. Wide of meeting organised by the World Jewish Congress between Jewish and Catholic leaders at the Museum of Jewish Heritage
2. Cutaway of participants
3. Cardinal Hummes addressing the group
4. Wide of meeting room during speeches
5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Cardinal Godfried Danneels, Belgium:
"But now he (Pope John Paul II) clearly decided to remain until his death in this state of suffering. I remember when he was in August in Lourdes, for example, that he was a very strong support for all those ill people and sick people who are always in Lourdes. I think he can choose the way he wants to imitate Christ."
6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Cardinal Walter Kasper, Vatican:
"He decided very clearly he (the Pope) does not resign and we have to recognise and acknowledge this decision and we should leave it."
7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Cardinal Godfried Danneels, Belgium:
"Well I think things are going on, but (there) will not be very clear and very important decisions without the Pope, because there''s not a "Vice Pope" in the church so he can''t be replaced by another one during his illness, but the normally current affairs certainly go on, that''s no problem for the church. But for clear and very deep and important evolutions and decisions I think we have to wait for his successor."
8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Cardinal Walter Kasper, Vatican:
"Well a pope can only come from the middle field because it''s a task of the Pope to be responsible for the unity of the church and you cannot go to one or the other extreme otherwise you will divide the church."
9. SOUNDBITE: (English) Cardinal Godfried Danneels, Belgium:
(responding to a question about the fact that the current Pope has chosen so many of the Cardinals who will chose his successor)
"I think the Cardinals are very clearly to look for what their conscience dictates for the new one who has to come. I don''t think it has any influence at all. They will freely decide. They are intelligent people."
10. SOUNDBITE: (Portuguese) Cardinal Claudio Hummes, Brazil:
"Indeed Brazil is the most populous Catholic country, Latin America is a very important Catholic continent, however the geographical origin of the Pope is less important than his qualities to confront the problems of the world and lead the church during these difficult times."
11. SOUNDBITE: (English): Cardinal Angelo Scola, Venice, Italy:
"The Pope in that moment (of his suffering) is really speaking a very, a very strong reason of following Jesus Christ. In such a way he is really giving an important teaching not only to the Christians but to everybody."
12. Wide of the meeting between Jewish and Catholic leaders in progress
Leading Catholic cardinals spoke about the issue of the possible resignation of Pope John Paul II and his successor at a meeting with Jewish leaders in New York on Monday.
With Pope John Paul II''s recent health crises, talk that he might consider resigning has intensified.
Yet most popes have rejected that idea, even though the option remains available to them under church law.
Cardinal Godfried Danneels of Belgium said the pontiff "clearly decided to remain until his death in this state of suffering" and that the Pope "can choose the way he wants to imitate Christ."
Cardinal Walter Kasper of the Vatican said Pope John Paul II "decided very clearly he does not resign and we have to recognise and acknowledge this decision and we should leave it."
Some analysts say popes worry that stepping down would set a dangerous precedent that could be misused by factions in the church to pressure a future pontiff to leave. No pope has resigned for centuries.
No more than 10 popes are believed to have stepped down, though the historical evidence is not clear.