Daily Archives: 12 March 2013

Wherein Fr. Z reveals super-double-top-secret inside-the-Conclave SECRETS from a mole!

This comes from CNA.  My emphases and comments.
Vatican details how new smoke signals are produced
Vatican City, Mar 12, 2013 / 05:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Varying chemical compounds have replaced wet straw and pitch to produce the Vatican smoke signal that … Continue reading

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RECENT POSTS and THANKS and NEWS (and Mass for Benefactors)

What a whirlwind.
First, help each other out by checking… daily…
Then, also daily for a few more days… just a few seconds of your time…
HELP! 2013 About Catholicism Readers’ Choice Awards

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Continued from THESE.
I get many requests by email asking for prayers. Many requests are heart-achingly grave and urgent.
As long as my blog reaches so many readers in so many places, let’s give each other a … Continue reading

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POLL: Which U.S. major secular network has the best Papal Conclave coverage so far?

Which U.S. major secular network has the best Papal Conclave coverage so far?
I am hearing great things about what CBS is doing this time around.
What are you hearing and seeing?  What are your reactions to the commentary?
Use the combox below.

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“Non habemus Papam!”, tonight, but “Habebimus flava hyperdulcia crustula spongiosa!”

Conclave?  Smoke? Pfft.  Here’s big news!
From ABC:
ABC News’ Aaron Katersky reports:
Buyout firms Apollo Global Management, LLC and Metropoulos & Co. have agreed to purchase the Hostess and Dolly Madison cake brands, including Twinkies.  The iconic snacks have been off the … Continue reading

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Just how tone deaf is the National Schismatic Reporter?

Just how tone deaf is the National Schismatic Reporter (aka Fishwrap)?
Classly as ever, on the eve the conclave they suggest:
No matter from what part of the world he hails, no matter what his theological or ecclesiastical pedigree, the best thing … Continue reading

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Asking the Poor Souls to help with the election of the new Pope

Our friends at Rorate have a great idea. As I promote a revival of confession, they promote prayer for poor souls.  They have a prayer for the poor souls to interceded for the Cardinal Electors. I think we all want, … Continue reading

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The rites for the Conclave begin: The entrance procession of the Cardinal Electors

And so it begins.
The procession leaves the Pauline Chapel to go around the corner into the Sistine

Card. Re, the senior Cardinal Elector, guides the process.
At the beginning of the procession he prays:
Venerabiles fratres:
Cum sacris litaverimus, nunc Conclave, ad eligendum Romanum … Continue reading

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POLL: SECOND ROUND – What name WILL (not should) the next Pope choose?

We had a first poll HERE.  I took the top 15 results and offer them again for your opinion as the conclave begins today!
The combox is open for your explanations.   Anyone can vote, but you have to have an approved … Continue reading

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A amusing Roman moment

Sometimes shops or businesses or other places have to close up at times outside their usual schedule.
Yesterday, after my hit with EWTN, I stopped in at the library of my school, the Augustinianum, to do some work in the wonderful … Continue reading

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