New Pope will have wait to move in

Rome, Italy, Mar 8, 2013 / 09:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- No one knows who the new Pope will be, but it can be said with certainty that he will be temporarily staying in a new apartment after he is elected. “The new Pope will be staying here because the apartment in the Apostolic Palace is still sealed and it needs some renovations,” Father Federico Lombardi told journalists March 8. “Like Pope Ratzinger,” he explained, “he will be staying in Casa Santa Marta for … [Read more...]

Conclave date to be announced after 7 pm local time

Vatican City, Mar 8, 2013 / 05:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).-  The day when the cardinals begin to vote for the next Pope will be announced after 7:00 p.m. local time.“The result of the voting of when the conclave will take place will be announced after the cardinals’ afternoon meeting at 7:00 p.m.,” said the Holy See’s press office director, Father Federico Lombardi.“The conclave will not be tomorrow or Sunday, but it could be sometime early next … [Read more...]

As conclave nears, tactics get more aggressive

Rome, Italy, Mar 8, 2013 / 04:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The media silence of the cardinals resulted in an anonymous interview to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica in which a source claimed there is “a lobby” of leakers. That group is composed of people “coming from the State Secretariat, the Vatican City State administration, the APSA (a sort of Vatican Central Bank) and the Italian Bishops’ Conference,” the unnamed source said. “The problem is not the … [Read more...]

Vatican post office sells over 150k Vacant See sets

Vatican City, Mar 7, 2013 / 04:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican is now selling special stamps and envelopes that are made only when there is no Pope.“They are very important stamps because they are issued only when the Pope is not in his place,” said Mauro Olivieri, the head of the Vatican’s post office.In a March 7 interview with CNA, Olivieri explained why the post office has already sold over 150,000 sets of Sede Vacante stamps.“The value is very high for … [Read more...]

Book on Benedict XVI’s final speeches planned

Rome, Italy, Mar 7, 2013 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A book on all of Benedict XVI’s speeches from the moment he announced his resignation until his last day as pontiff will be published March 11.The book’s title is “Non mi sono mai sentito solo” in Italian, which translates as “I have never felt alone.” It will also include his resignation speech, Ash Wednesday homily and address at a meeting with all of Rome’s clergy.The Vatican’s … [Read more...]

Final cardinal arrives in Rome for conclave

Vatican City, Mar 7, 2013 / 08:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The last cardinal to arrive in Rome for the election of a new Pope is supposed to land this afternoon, in time for Thursday’s second general meeting. Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi began the March 7 daily press briefing by telling reporters, “there is no date,” which was followed by sighs from the media. However, the progress toward a date for the conclave did make visible progress with the planned arrival … [Read more...]

Profile of future Pope begins to take shape

Vatican City, Mar 6, 2013 / 09:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On their third day of pre-conclave meetings the cardinals are beginning to develop the profile of what the next Pope needs to look like.   The principle themes of today’s meeting were “the Church in today’s world, the New Evangelization, the Holy See, the dicasteries and their relations with the bishops, and what’s beginning to emerge is a profile of the next Pope,” Father Federico Lombardi told the press … [Read more...]