Category Archives: Conclave


Fr. Lombardi, who attends the General Congregations of the Cardinals:
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 early … 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.
The choir has improved over … 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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Lighter but still serious fare

Some lighter fare… though with a serious point.

In Spanish:
The Vatican prohibits the use of Twitter during the Conclave.
“Let me in!  I’m not Twitter, I’m the Holy Spirit!”

And, from ZENIT, a recent photo it seems of His Holiness Benedict XVI in … Continue reading

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The Conclave’s voting process hardware

This morning at the briefing in the Holy See Press Office, images were displayed of the three “urns” used in the conclave for the collection of the voting slips of the cardinals.  Here is some info from VIS:
NEW CHALICE-URNS FOR … Continue reading

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Conclave Comets!

Together with all the papal portents of which I wrote the other day – and let us not be overly worried about these – there is a rare astronomical sight right now, visible in some parts of the world.
In centuries … Continue reading

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A letter about the Church in … Pravda?

Here is an interesting piece published by Pravda…. yes… you read that correctly.  правда means “truth”, by the way.
Typo alert!
A Church Divided
By Paul Kokoski
In a recent interview on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) Cardinal George of Chicago stated; “The … Continue reading

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Card. Ouellet: I have to say to myself, ‘What if, what if…’ It makes me … somewhat afraid.”

One of the putative front-runners as the next Pope is Marc Card. Ouellet, 68 (about the right age) presently Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, formerly Archbishop of Quebec City, polyglot, firmly in the same “Communio” theology line with Joseph … Continue reading

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