Help wanted: Pope. Job requirements include…

If you wonder what the cardinals will be looking for when they gather in the Sistine Chapel next month, well, they’ve already narrowed their requirements. Details from CNS:  One task facing the College of Cardinals already has been completed: A job description for the Catholic Church’s chief evangelizer already is written. He must be humble, [Read More…]

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German bishops allow “morning after” pill in cases of rape—UPDATED

Details from the AP:  Roman Catholic-run hospitals can prescribe limited emergency contraception to rape victims, German bishops said Thursday as they sought to contain fallout from an embarrassing recent case in which two hospitals refused to treat a woman. In a statement issued at the end of a regular meeting in the western city of [Read More…]

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The final days: details of Pope Benedict’s schedule released; SSPX matter “entrusted to next Pope”

From VIS:  This morning Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, presented information related to the Holy Father’s calendar and clarified some issues that have been raised in the past few days. At 9:00am on Saturday, 23 February, the Holy Father and the Roman Curia will conclude their spiritual exercises. Traditionally, the [Read More…]

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Seminarians respond to Benedict resignation

CNS dropped by the Pontifical North American College in Rome to get some reaction to the resignation.  The result is this excellent video by producer Robert Duncan.  Check it out. [Read more…]

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Best. Save the date. Notice. Ever.

We now take a break from Papal Overload for this little palate-cleanser. Little Daniel is looking forward to his Bar Mitzvah.  So much so, in fact, that he produced this frankly awesome rap video to alert family and friends and get them to Save the Date. Oy! [Read more…]

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Who is the only living cardinal to have voted in three conclaves? —UPDATED

That would be Washington’s Cardinal William Baum. His secretary for several years was Msgr. Bart Smith. The cardinal was in poor health, so Msgr. Bart accompanied him throughout the conclave (he was the last out of the Sistine Chapel before the votes took place) and he was on the balcony behind the new Pope when [Read More…]

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Dolan: “Highly possible” next pope will not be from Europe

From the New York Times:  CardinalTimothy M. Dolan, the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, said on Tuesday that he believed it was “highly possible” that the next pope could come from a non-European country. “When I was growing up, it was presumed the pope would be an Italian,” Cardinal Dolan said, discussing next month’s [Read More…]

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Pope Benedict’s farewell to be broadcast live

Details, from Zenit:  On the last day of his pontificate, Benedict XVI will be filmed live by television cameras during his final hours in the Vatican, according to Monsignor Edoardo María Viganó, director of the Vatican Television Center (VTC), who explained that the Pontiff’s departure to Castel Gandolfo by helicopter “will be a historic moment.” [Read More…]

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Was I shaking the hand of the next pope?

Hey, you never know. I wrote about it here.    With all the O’Malley buzz being generated, Elizabeth Scalia has a great take on Pope Sean…or maybe, Pope Patrick:  For those of us who claim a connection to the auld sod, that would be a pondering just too Irish-delightful for words: In the Year of [Read More…]

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Benedict’s legacy: here come more Episcopalians

Just got this e-mail about some big news in Maryland: Following several months of prayerful discernment, the majority of members of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Catonsville, Maryland, have decided to enter the Catholic Church as part of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. Two other churches in the Baltimore area, Christ the [Read More…]

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