Pope Francis – First Pontiff from the Americas — A Jesuit Holy Father

Pope Francis - First Pontiff from the Americas

The smoke has cleared and we were just introduced to our new Holy Father, Pope Francis. Cardinal Bergolio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, a 77 year old Jesuit, has just been introduced to the crowd. Prior to giving his first blessing, Pope Francis prayed together with the crowds in St. Peter’s Square (and virtually around the world) [Read More...]

White Smoke, Balcony Watch

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Just a quick note for my own memory that on the fourth round of voting today, we saw white smoke from the Sistine Chapel chimney and are now waiting to meet our new Holy Father.  [Read more...]

That Conclave Chimney Seagull

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As we wait, that seagull who sat perched atop the chimney of the Sistine Chapel is getting quite a lot of media attention: A Catholic News Service video of his own: A Twitter account: https://twitter.com/ChimneySeagull and evidence of him trending like crazy on Twitter. and even his own meme: [Read more...]

Cardinal Pell Says No American Pope

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Just in from Catholic News Service, this video capturing Cardinal George Pell of Australia sharing his input on why our next Pope won’t be from the United States: Watch the video carefully for an overview of the American options – beginning with Cardinal George, who Cardinal Pell affirms would have been a “splendid Pope”. The [Read More...]

Is “Sped Up” Conclave a Good Idea?

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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...]

How to Become Pope… at Least According to Youtube

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With close to half a million views in just one day, this eye-catching video is proof that many are obviously using tools like these to learn about and share the process of electing our new pope. Of interest are the comments, which reflect what we’re up against in the New Evangelization. [Read more...]

Interactive “How a Pope Is Elected” Pretty Cool!

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If you have a few moments, head over and visit the awesome interactive feature “How A Pope is Elected” at La Stampa’s Vatican Insider. The screenshots below will give you a sense of how the animated feature walks you through the locations central to the Conclave. You’ll even see Swiss Guard and red-clad Cardinals processing [Read More...]


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