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...]

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...]

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...]


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