Fr. Robert Barron’s Day 4 Conclave Update

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Love that we have such wonderful priests covering this moment in history for us! Be sure to take advantage of the easy ability to share this phenomenal videos with family and friends in social media. Youtube Description: After the first “smoke watch,” Father Barron reports on the first day of the conclave— March 12, 2013. [Read More...]

Black Smoke: My View & Father Roderick’s Too!

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It’s clear I won’t be in St. Peter’s Square when our Cardinal electors announce their decision – I’ve decided I’m sort of at peace with that. God has me squarely where he wants me this week. In a way, I have the sensation that it’s actually a bit more simple to watch the events of [Read More...]

American Pilgrims Find Themselves in Rome for Historic Days

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Among those I’m following in Rome is my friend Mountain Butorac of The Catholic Traveler. Mountain and the pilgrims he’s leading in a trip to the Vatican this week find themselves in the enviable position of being on the ground in St. Peter’s Square during the Conclave. For great photos and firsthand tweets, follow Mountain on [Read More...]

Extra Omnes – Hasta La Vista, Baby

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For anyone who missed this moment at the closing of this morning’s Conclave coverage, this video is “must watch”. Per the wikipedia “list of Latin phrases“, the definition of Extra Omnes: It is issued by the Master of the Papal Liturgical Celebrations before a session of the Papal conclave which will elect a new Pope. [Read More...]

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...]


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