Habemus Papam!: Pope Francis [Final Updates For Today]

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[Scroll down for the first comments of Pope Francis] Waiting for the news. More as it comes. The twitter stream is moving like gangbusters. I never, ever imagined it would come this fast. I was thinking tomorrow at the earliest. I’m wondering right now what it means, and thinking it means the choice was more [Read More...]

Never Miss a New Pope Announcement Again

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Jeff Miller has the scoop.  Popealarm.com‘s motto is: “When the smoke goes up, you’ll know what’s going on.” Register at the site, and they email, text, or both when the pope is chosen. Right now, their demand is so high they can’t guarantee the text service, but they’re working on it. Some were disappointed that the [Read More...]

The Conclave? There’s An App For That

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Verbum has released a free app with some nifty content for the conclave. The features of Conclave break down this way: Live Video: Right now, it’s the video of the last Press Office conference, but I imagine this will include live streams as they’re available. News: Relevant feeds from Zenit, Catholic Answers, National Catholic Register, [Read More...]

Benedict, Dante, and Chickens

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You cannot leave one place without entering another. Yesterday was a day of beginnings and endings. As I watched papa Bene recede from the balcony of Castelgandolfo, I realized it was possible I’d never see him again in this world. There’s sadness in that, but as some of my fellow Catholic bloggers and I kicked around our [Read More...]

The Ring of The Fisherman

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Today will be a day of “lasts.” Overnight, people held a candlelight vigil to mark Benedict’s last night sleeping in the papal quarters. This morning, he had an audience with the cardinals who would normally have gathered to pay their last respects and bury him. Instead, they each wished him well, and then will turn [Read More...]

How to Elect a Pope: A Guide for the Perplexed

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Dorian Speed and a group of Catholic bloggers, catechists, and writers are doing their part to fight the stupid. Every time a mainstream reporter or pundit opens his or her yap about the church, the pope, conclave, the next pope, or pretty much anything having to do with religion, brain cells die. Mollie Hemingway and [Read More...]

Bishop O’Connell on Benedict’s Resignation

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My local CBS affiliate (Philadelphia) tends to do good coverage of the Church: even-handed, expansive, and not obsessed with scandals uber alles. They did an interview with my bishop this morning that I thought was respectful (they even address him properly) and gave this fine academic and shepherd a chance to explain the news in context. I can’t embed [Read More...]

Joseph

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This is the Room of Tears: the place where popes traditionally retire after being chosen. Here, they contemplate the burden they are about to assume: a 2000-year-old office founded by Christ himself not on a book or a government or a place, but on a man named Simon, thereafter known as Cephas, petros, rock: Peter. [Read More...]


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