Category Archives: Conclave

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 … Continue reading

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URGENT PRAYER REQUEST: Fr. Z’s pleads for prayers for good weather in Rome for the conclave

At the end of Pope Benedict’s pontificate Rome was blessed with unseasonably beautiful weather for his last appearances. Right now the weather is Rome is horrid and forecasts are grim.  I was out the other evening and actually saw Noah … Continue reading

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The rites for the Conclave begin: Mass for electing a Supreme Pontiff

And so the rites as found in the Ordo Rituum Conclavis… the Order of Rites for the Conclave begin. The first thing the Cardinals do today is celebrate Mass in St. Peter’s saying special prayers for help in their task. … Continue reading

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With EWTN today.

This afternoon I did a short segment with EWTN about Benedict XVI and liturgy. These segments are really too short. You don’t have time to get into any details. But it was good. The location for EWTN is on the … Continue reading

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If the Roman Pontiff can have a Twitter account, so can the Sistine Chapel CHIMNEY that signals the election of the Roman Pontiff! Yes, @ConclaveChimney Why didn’t I think of that? Meanwhile…

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Fr. Lombardi, who attends the General Congregations of the Cardinals: PRESS COMMUNIQUÉ FROM THE HOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE The eighth General Congregation of the College of Cardinals has decided that the Conclave will begin on Tuesday, 12 March 2013. A … Continue reading

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Date of Conclave could be announced at 7 p.m. Rome time

Fr. Lombardi indicated during the press briefing today (going on as I write), that the date of the beginning of the Conclave may be announced this evening, at 7 p.m. Rome time. It would probably – not for sure – be … Continue reading

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Of Cardinals and Cardinals

I hear there is a bit of … contrast.. among the holy Cardinal Electors.  There is wrangling.  Some want the conclave to be delayed.  Some want it move along quickly.  Some say that a conclave soon would favor a curial … Continue reading

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Cardinals Praying in St. Peter’s

Some shots from the live stream. The Cardinals and others are at the Altar of the Chair in San Pietro, praying. Msgr. Marini leading the Rosary. Getting ready for Exposition and Vespers. Their collectives Eminences are singing Vespers in Latin. … Continue reading

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More food for thought for the Cardinal Electors

Some time ago I wrote that the Cardinal Electors, in the General Congregations and in the Conclave itself, have to consider – among other issues – the record of the man they may choose in regard to his handling (or … Continue reading

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