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?

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

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...]

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...]

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

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

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...]

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...]

Pope Benedict XVI’s Farewell Discourse to the College of Cardinals

This morning’s “goodbye”, excerpted from News.va: Dear beloved brothers I welcome you all with great joy and cordially greet each one of you. I thank Cardinal Angelo Sodano, who as always, has been able to convey the sentiments of the College, Cor ad cor loquitur. Thank you, Your Eminence, from my heart. And referring to the [Read More...]


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