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...]

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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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Pope Benedict Pledges Obedience to His Successor

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Cardinal Pell Says No American Pope

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...]

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Get the Pope App – Free All Access News Source

If you don’t have it yet, I’d recommend that today would be the perfect moment to download the Pope App. This free smartphone application is a project of News.va, the official Vatican media source. Here’s an overview: An app focused on the figure of His Holiness Benedict XVI. It will allow you to follow his [Read More...]

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Thank You, Papa: A Tribute to Pope Benedict XVI

From our amazing friends at Life Teen! “The Church needs your faith, your idealism, and your generosity, so that she can always be young in Spirit.” – Pope Benedict XVI We at Life Teen remember and honor the legacy of our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, for his service to the Church and to his [Read More...]

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“Sweet Sistine” Papal Brackets? Who Can Resist?!

My first round picks are in for the Religion News Service papal brackets. I’m still not even close to publicly divulging who I’ve got going “all the way”, but I will tell you that it is one of those mentioned in the RNS Sweet Sixteen. On a more serious note, is there “harm” in taking [Read More...]

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Cardinal Wuerl on TMZ – Weird Conclave News of the Day

First, just fyi I’m planning a big LA Congress roundup post later today with tons of photos, so stay tuned. In the mean time, I’m busy digging out of my email inbox, where I found this little gem that just must be shared. His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl, the sixth and current Archbishop of Washington, [Read More...]

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Is “Sped Up” Conclave a Good Idea?

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...]

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Interactive “How a Pope Is Elected” Pretty Cool!

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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