PopeAlarm.com – Don’t Miss the Big News!

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Genius! We California bloggers contend with a major time travel challenge when it comes to staying abreast of the big news coming out of the Vatican. That’s why I happily just signed up for a notification from PopeAlarm.com to be both texted and emailed as soon as the big news hits from the Conclave. Yes, you [Read More...]

Take a Peek inside the Sistine Chapel

Most of us can’t make it to Rome to observe the Conclave at the Vatican, but thanks to the work of our super Catholic media teams we have video footage like this charming piece from Catholic News Service which takes us right inside the Sistine Chapel as it is prepared to receive the Cardinals. Be [Read More...]

What Are the Cardinals Looking for in Next Pope?

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This seems to be the question of the day. On my way to the Mid-Atlantic Congress, I happened to run into a fellow attendee who was on the light rail with me from the airport to the hotel. We exchanged pleasantries, but before five minutes were up we were both speculating upon the results of the upcoming [Read More...]

Close Up Look at Conclave Ballot Urns

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 George: Next Pope Must Have “Zero Tolerance” Policy for Clergy Abusers

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In this video from Catholic News Service, we hear firsthand Chicago’s Cardinal George discussing the tough policy needed in the next pontificate to deal with Clergy sexual abuse issues: Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago told reporters at a press conference in Rome March 4, 2013 that the next pope will have to enforce a [Read More...]

Papal Vestments Ready – Fascination with Pope’s Attire

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It’s been remarkable to me over the past few weeks the things that draw folks’ attention to this historic moment in our Church’s history. Some find a fascination with the Swiss Guard, with Conclave politics, with “fake Bishops” infiltrating the Vatican, and — notably — with Papal fashion. Case in point: this article from The [Read More...]