Cardinals will begin conclave with songs, prayers and oaths

Vatican City, Mar 12, 2013 / 09:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The doors of the Sistine Chapel will be closed this evening with the declaration “extra omnes” – everyone out, beginning the Conclave that will choose the next Pope. The ceremony, called the “Rite for Entrance into Conclave,” will begin with a procession from the Pauline Chapel to the Sistine Chapel, a walk of about 50 yards through Regia Hall. The procession will be led by the cross, followed by the Book … [Read more...]

Cardinal Sodano prays for Pope generous in charity

Vatican City, Mar 12, 2013 / 05:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The dean of the College of Cardinals celebrated Mass this morning and prayed for a new Pope that will embrace the mission of charity with a generous heart.“My brothers, let us pray that the Lord will grant us a pontiff who will embrace this noble mission (of charity) with a generous heart,” Cardinal Angelo Sodano said in St. Peter’s Basilica on March 12.“Let us pray that the future Pope may continue this … [Read more...]

Confession key to Church renewal, Cardinal Wuerl reflects

Rome, Italy, Mar 11, 2013 / 04:29 pm (CNA).- In a March 10 homily in Rome, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C. emphasized the importance of the sacrament of confession in liberating the faithful and leading them back to God.“It remains one of the great marvels of God’s love that God would make forgiveness so readily available to each of us,” Cardinal Wuerl said.“In the simple actions of contrition, confession, absolution, and satisfaction we are restored to … [Read more...]

Florists, bus drivers and technicians take oath

Vatican City, Mar 11, 2013 / 01:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- This evening 90 people who will assist the Conclave in various capacities took an oath of secrecy not to divulge anything about it or the events surrounding it. Among the people participating are “religious for the sacristy, religious for confession, nurses and doctors, waiters and food service personnel from Santa Marta, technical assistants, and people who clean Santa Marta and the Vatican,” said Vatican press director … [Read more...]

New Pope will have adoration before his presentation

Vatican City, Mar 11, 2013 / 10:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a change to past papal elections, the new Pope will have the chance to adore Jesus in the Eucharist before he makes his appearance on the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica. Vatican press office director Father Federico Lombardi told journalists March 11 that, “when the Pope goes to the loggia, he passes the Pauline Chapel and will stop there for a brief moment of personal prayer and silence in front of the Blessed … [Read more...]

Day before conclave, no clear favorite stands out

Rome, Italy, Mar 11, 2013 / 07:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “It’s not journalists that vote in the conclave. It’s cardinals,” Mexican Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera said on Sunday, after celebrating Mass at his titular church of San Francesco di Ripa Grande. Cardinal Rivera’s words underscore that this conclave could deliver a surprise and the possibility that none of the cardinals mentioned as papabili will be the new Pope. In fact, now more than ever, each … [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan eager for conclave to start

Vatican City, Mar 10, 2013 / 09:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan told the press outside Our Lady of Guadalupe parish in Rome that he is anxious for the conclave to begin and that he feels peaceful now that the start date is known. “I’m anxious to get started. There was a sense of peace once we decided to start the conclave on Tuesday. … God willing, I’ll be home before Palm Sunday,” he said as he went into his titular parish on March 10. The … [Read more...]