College of Cardinals imposes media silence after breach

Vatican City, Mar 6, 2013 / 07:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The College of Cardinals has decided that its members will no longer speak to journalists after several cardinals gave too much information to the Italian press. “Concern was expressed in the general congregation about leaks of confidential proceedings reported in Italian newspapers,” said Sister Mary Ann Walsh, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops media director. “As a precaution, the cardinals have agreed not to … [Read more...]

College of Cardinals imposes media silence after breach

Vatican City, Mar 6, 2013 / 07:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The College of Cardinals has decided that its members will no longer speak to journalists after several cardinals gave too much information to Italian press. “Concern was expressed in the general congregation about leaks of confidential proceedings reported in Italian newspapers,” said Sister Mary Ann Walsh, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ media director. “As a precaution, the cardinals have agreed not … [Read more...]

Cardinals contemplate insider, outsider papal candidates

Rome, Italy, Mar 6, 2013 / 03:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “We are not ready to enter the conclave,” Cardinal Francis George of Chicago plainly told the Italian newspaper La Stampa today, adding, “I never felt that we would begin the conclave on March 11th.” The American cardinals are first in line among those who do not want to hurry the conclave, and they are not alone. In the general congregations, the schedule of meetings and all other matters are decided by a … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI’s cobbler fondly remembers retired Pope

Rome, Italy, Mar 5, 2013 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The man who is known around the world as “the Pope’s shoemaker” expressed sadness at the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI but also gratitude for the opportunity to serve the pontiff.“I saw on television that he was wearing my shoes and I felt so proud,” recalled Antonio Arellano, who mended shoes for Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI when he was cardinal and also made special shoes for him during his pontificate.In … [Read more...]

Cardinals will be informed of Vatileaks background

Rome, Italy, Mar 5, 2013 / 11:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley said he trusts the cardinals taking part in the papal election will be informed on the necessary background information related to the Vatileaks scandal. “The cardinals feel confident that we will get all the information that we need for our deliberation,” said Cardinal O’Malley at a March 5 news conference at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. “It does not … [Read more...]

Cardinals send message of thanks to Benedict XVI

Vatican City, Mar 5, 2013 / 10:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The College of Cardinals sent Benedict XVI a message of thanks for his ministry and decided to only hold morning meetings as they prepare for the conclave. “The Cardinal Fathers, gathered at the Vatican for the General Congregations in view of the next conclave, send you their devoted greetings and express their renewed gratitude for all your illustrious Petrine ministry and for your example of generous pastoral care for the good of … [Read more...]

Cardinals announce adoration, Vespers ceremony for conclave

Vatican City, Mar 5, 2013 / 07:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The College of Cardinals has agreed to hold a public prayer service on March 6 in St. Peter’s Basilica to pray for the upcoming conclave and the process of electing a new Pope. “Since there is no afternoon meeting, tomorrow afternoon at 5:00 p.m. at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter’s Basilica, the cardinals are inviting people to a time of adoration and Vespers,” Vatican press office director Father Federico … [Read more...]


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