Close Up Look at Conclave Ballot Urns

From the Vatican Youtube channel, this great look at the urns which will be used to gather the votes for the conclave. Patheos’ own Deacon Greg has some additional information on these urns. The three urns used for voting during the Conclave to elect the next Pope are ready: One for the votes, one for [Read More...]

Cardinal Seán’s Cassock and His Amazing Tech/Media Crew

Every since I “virtually adopted” Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston last week, I have been praying for my adopted shepherd. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to at least one prayer that sounded something like this: “I know you have your hand on this Conclave, Lord. If it’s your will (and I hope it [Read More...]

Sistine Chapel Closes to Prepare for the Conclave

Effective at 1:00 pm today (Rome time!), March 5th, the Sistine Chapel is closed to prepare for the Conclave to select the next Pope. The website of the Sistine Chapel lists the information on this closure with the following announcement: Closure of the Sistine Chapel – In order to accommodate the forthcoming Conclave, the Sistine [Read More...]

Fr. Lombardi’s Afternoon Press Briefing

From the Vatican Youtube account, a look at today’s press briefing with Fr. Lombardi, S.J., the head of the Vatican Press Office. I don’t know if it’s my imagination, or if I’m actually starting to understand a bit of Italian. We hear in the video that 33 Cardinals have given interventions, and some discussion of the [Read More...]

American Cardinals Arriving at Afternoon Session — On Watching from Home

Words cannot express how much I wish my physical body were in Rome this month — although I’m far from a real “journalist”, since attending the Vatican Bloggers Meeting a few years ago, I have felt such a close connection to the Vatican and our Pope Emeritus. That’s probably why I simply can’t get enough [Read More...]

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier Calls Cardinals Closer Since Last Conclave

In another conversation with a Cardinal who will be selecting our next Pope, Catholic News Service interviews Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, Archbishop of Durban in South Africa, reflects on how the College of Cardinals is “closer” to one another than they were at the last Conclave. I love his reference to “googling” his fellow Cardinals! Cardinal [Read More...]

College of Cardinals Still Largely European

From Rome Reports, here’s a great overview of the geographic breakdown of our current College of Cardinals: Should the papal election be based upon representation of the growing Catholic populations in areas of the world with less representation at the Conclave? This will be one of the interesting dynamics to watch in the days ahead. [Read more...]

AdoptACardinal: Cardinal Sean, I’ve Adopted You!

Over on Twitter this afternoon a new friend’s tweet caught my eye: I’m late to the prayer party! It looks like AdoptACardinal.org has been up on Twitter since February 23rd. Since then, 82,393 (and counting) folks have “adopted” a Cardinal. When I entered my adoption papers at the website today I was randomly matched with [Read More...]

Is “Sped Up” Conclave a Good Idea?

From yesterday’s New York Times (excerpted): Church law states that cardinals should wait 15 days after the papacy becomes vacant before starting a conclave so that the cardinals eligible to vote have enough time to travel to Rome. That timing also took into account a papal funeral. But because Benedict announced on Feb. 11 that he would [Read More...]


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