Come and see: seminarians doing the “Harlem Shake”

Hot on the heels of this video of nuns getting into the act, along comes the video below of seminarians. A reader wrote: Thought you would like to see this video from Saint John Vianney College Seminary [in Miami, FL].  The Minor Seminarians of the Province of Florida produced this a couple of weeks ago. [Read More…]

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What can a pope change? Not as much as some people think.—UPDATED

Ann Rodgers of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette gives some welcome perspective on what is unfolding in Rome this week: As the world awaits a new pope, polls are taken, essays written and hopes expressed for what he might change. Priestly celibacy? Contraception? The working language of the Vatican Press Office? The latter would be most feasible, [Read More…]

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Next pope? Leading Italian paper favors Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley

And John Allen explains why: If the readers of Italy’s paper of record, Corriere della Sera, had any say in the matter, the choice for the next pope would be clear: Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston. Corriere today asked eight contributors, including their own Vatican beat writers as well as noted Vatican-watchers, to name their top three [Read More…]

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Check out this tour of the Casa Santa Marta, where the cardinals will be staying

Want a peek at where the electors will be staying?  How about a glimpse inside the apartment of the next pope? Here’s an intriguing video of the place the cardinals will be calling home next week, courtesy Rome Reports. [Read more…]

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Welcome to the first “virtual conclave”

Technology is having a dramatic impact in how the faithful follow the coming election for pope, as AP notes:  A pastor in Ontario wondered about behind-the-scenes politicking ahead of the conclave to elect the next pope. He could have read news reports or listened to briefings by the Vatican spokesman. Instead, he asked a cardinal. [Read More…]

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Are women already running the Church?

An interesting perspective from writer Ashley McGuire in the Washington Post:  With the Catholic Church at the forefront of international news given recent events, many are using the opportunity to frame the Vatican and the Catholic Church more broadly as a place that excludes women. The next pope will be a man elected by 115 men, [Read More…]

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On the new pope’s “to do” list: a few ideas

A few suggestions from veteran Vatican watcher John Thavis, in USA TODAY:  There’s an appetite for change even inside the Vatican, particularly when it comes to the way the pope manages his bureaucratic apparatus, the Roman Curia. Based on ideas that Vatican officials have floated in conversations over the last two weeks, here are seven [Read More…]

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What happens when the conclave starts? —UPDATED

Some guidance on what to expect on March 12, from Fr. Thomas Reese:  On the morning the conclave begins, the cardinal electors celebrate Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. In the afternoon they gather in the Pauline Chapel in the Apostolic Palace and solemnly process to the Sistine Chapel. The cardinals take an oath to observe [Read More…]

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What have the cardinals been doing? One of them explains.

From New York’s blogging cardinal archbishop, Timothy Dolan:  Every day we each begin with the most effective prayer of all, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  In our sessions we pray from the Divine Office, begin each meeting with the ancient prayer to the third Person of the Most Blessed Trinity, the Veni Sancte Spiritus, and we [Read More…]

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Dominican sisters to be featured on American Bible Challenge TV show

They were stars on Oprah, and now they’re headed to another hit TV show:  TEAM SISTERS OF MARY Hometown:  Ann Arbor, MI Charity:  Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.  Any winnings will be used to provide for the futures of the Sisters in the Order, and to ensure that they are provided for as they [Read More…]

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