The New Pope’s New (Temporary) Digs

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From the official Vatican Youtube account: On Tuesday, the Cardinals moved to the Casa Santa Marta, which will be a secured residence throughout the period of the Conclave. The building has been prepared for this task over the last few days, including a room which will initially host the Pope after he is elected. The [Read More...]

A Peek Inside the Missa Pro Eligendo Romano Pontifice (Mass for the Election of a Roman Pontiff)

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From Rome Reports, a solemn and peaceful peek inside today’s Pro Eligendo Pontifice Mass: The 115 cardinals that will take part in the Conclave made their procession inside St. Peter’s Basilica to begin the Pro Eligendo Pontifice Mass. Thousands of people joined them inside and outside the basilica, for the ceremony presided by the Cardinal Dean [Read More...]

Father Roderick Reports from St. Peter’s Square

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I am planning a post to run later tonight with the names and Twitter handles of friends of mine who are on the ground in Rome, covering firsthand the news of the Conclave – some are fulltime media professionals, and others are like my friend Fr. Roderick Vonhogen from the Netherlands and of SQPN, who [Read More...]

CNS Has Twelve to Watch & We’ll Be Watching in New and Innovative Ways

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When someone (like my mom) asks me who I think is going to be our next Pope, I give varying versions of the same answer: I have no idea, but I am praying fervently for our Cardinals that their decision be guided (as I know it will) by the Holy Spirit. I’m not going to make any [Read More...]

Conclave: Sharing this Moment with Our Non-Catholic Friends

Perhaps because of the fact that I just spent three days at a Congress on Evangelization, I’m looking at our upcoming papal Conclave through the eyes of those for whom this process may be unknown, or even mysterious. I see this as an opportunity for those of us Catholic “geeks” who are watching the process [Read More...]

#RallyForThePope – Plan Your Rally

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From our friends at OneBillionStories.com comes the “Rally for the Pope” initiative. Here’s the blueprint: With the chair of St. Peter vacant, the eyes of world now turn to the Vatican to learn the news of his successor. This moment in Church History has not been seen since 1415. Therefore, this is the moment in our [Read More...]

A Look at the Sistine Chapel Chimney

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Scot Landry of the Archdiocese of Boston and The Good Catholic Life gives us a great look at that all-important Sistine Chapel Chimney: This article from Fox News describes the placement of the chimney by firefighters: On Saturday, a handful of firefighters climbed onto the Sistine Chapel’s roof and installed the top of the chimney. [Read More...]

Conclave Clock for Californians

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Catholic News Service has done a beautiful job of keeping us up to date on all things Conclave with a reliable perspective. Today, they ran a helpful blog post that lists a breakdown of the daily time schedule for the Conclave. The post by Cindy Wooten kindly lists the schedule in both Central European Time [Read More...]

A Conclave Update from Fr. Robert Barron

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Love that Fr. Barron is at the Vatican and on the job for the Conclave! In this brief video, he shares a bit of “gossip” and an analysis of the possibility of an American Pope. Of course, as a fan of both Cardinal O’Malley and Cardinal Dolan, I was thrilled to her Fr. Barron underscore [Read More...]

Conclave App – Conclave Watcher’s “Must Have” App

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If you’re a wired Papabile watcher, you’re going to want to head over and immediately download the free new Conclave App from Verbum and Logos Bible Software. I’ve only tested the iOS version, but it’s available for Android users as well. Here are the main features: Be among the first to see the white smoke [Read More...]


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