Healthier cardinals means earlier smoke signals

Vatican City, Mar 13, 2013 / 09:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The smoke signals that indicate whether or not a new Pope has been chosen might be earlier than in the past because there are no cardinals in the infirmary. According to the Vatican’s press office director Father Federico Lombardi, “the rapidity of the vote shows it. Making use of the 'Infirmarii' (those who bring one of the voting urns to any cardinals who are too ill to attend the proceedings in the Sistine Chapel) … [Read more...]

Three cardinals entered conclave with strong candidacies

Vatican City, Mar 13, 2013 / 08:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Last night black smoke poured out of the Sistine Chapel smoke stack, leaving no doubt that a single cardinal was unable to reach the two-thirds of the vote needed to be elected the next Pope. In 2005, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger – according to a cardinal’s diary published in 2006 in the Italian magazine Limes – got 47 votes out of 115 on the first scrutiny, and the consensus around him grew until he overtook the … [Read more...]

No Pope after third round of voting

Vatican City, Mar 13, 2013 / 05:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At 11:38 a.m. local time on March 13, black smoke rose from the Sistine Chapel’s chimney, indicating that the cardinals gathered at the Vatican have not yet reached an agreement on the next Pope. Voting began on the evening of March 12, yielding an initial inconclusive vote marked by black smoke at 7:43 p.m. local time. Tow more rounds of voting will be held in the afternoon, with a smoke signal expected between 7:00p.m. and … [Read more...]

Vatican details how new smoke signals are produced

Vatican City, Mar 12, 2013 / 05:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Varying chemical compounds have replaced wet straw and pitch to produce the Vatican smoke signal that is used to communicate the result of conclave voting sessions. Fr. Thomas Rosica, assistant to the Vatican press office director, explained that since 2005 the Vatican has used chemical compounds to better communicate the result of the conclave. “For a Church that has made much progress in the area of modern communications, … [Read more...]

Black smoke, no Pope yet

Rome, Italy, Mar 12, 2013 / 12:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Black smoke rose from the chimney atop the Vatican's Sistine Chapel at 7:42 p.m. local time on March 12, signaling that the College of Cardinals has not yet come to an agreement in electing the Church's new Pope.Voting will continue on March 13, starting at approximately 9:30 a.m. local time. Four votes are held per day - two in the morning and two in the evening.Smoke is sent up after the two morning votes – around noon … [Read more...]

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...]


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