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BOOK: The Next Pope: The Leading Cardinal Candidates by Edward Pentin

I’m having a look right now at two books which speculate about the next Pope.  One is by George Weigel.  HERE  I’ll get to him. First, there is an offering by the best working vaticanista today, Edward Pentin. This is … Read More

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On the heels of posting this – BREAKING: IOWA CAUCUSES AND PAPAL CONCLAVES! – I just received the following… February 5, 2020 – (ROME, ITALY) An unconfirmed source reported on Tuesday, 4 February, that Pope Francis has hired the Iowa … Read More

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@FatherZ responds to @PhilipPullella of Reuters about the Holy Spirit and the elections of Popes

I had retweeted my friend Fr. Blake’s tweet. I don’t see this continuous criticism from our beloved Holy Father as Christlike, I find it painful and destrucitve of faith and unity, and contrary to the action of the Holy Spirit’s … Read More

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Read the linked article carefully!

Avete viatores et vos omnes qui transitis per viam. Legitote titulum meum. Every one of you clicking through this blog should STOP for a breath and use this link HERE and read carefully the linked article. On this note, I’ve … Read More

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Had Benedict XVI made the sanctions known, then creepy McCarrick wouldn’t have been near the 2013 conclave

I know that a lot is coming at you right now.  This made me put my sandwich down and think. My friend Fr. Gerald Murray, whom you see on the web and on EWTN especially with Prof. Royal, penned a … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Can a Pope name his own successor?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: If a Pope wanted to ensure that the next holder of his office would be of like mind and continue his policies, is there any moral or theological impediment to his naming his own successor before his death? Interesting … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Could a “Pope Emeritus” under 80 vote in a Conclave?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Canonically speaking, if a Pope emeritus were alive at the time of the conclave to elect his successor’s successor, given he was a Cardinal and Pontiff, may he vote if he were under 80 years old? … Read More

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“their absolute aim is to get Ratzinger out of the race”

I direct the readership’s attention to an interview (HERE) that Ed Pentin (of The Rigging of a Synod fame) has a fascinating interview with journalist Paul Badde who was in the right place at the right time (wrong place and time?) to learn … Read More

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One year ago…

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Conclave concludes: Mass in the Sistine Chapel with Cardinals

His Holiness Pope Francis has begun his Mass in the Sistine Chapel with all the Cardinals. Thus we bring to an end the Conclave rites, though the conclave is officially over now. Some shots and comments (for as long a … Read More

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Some views from the Square after the “white smoke”

Just a few pics I took last night, to share something of the moment and my view. From my phone: An exhausted me. Note the edge of the Roman hat.   These are the guys I was standing near.  Happy, … Read More

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More later but…


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Latin names of Cardinals. We’ll hear one of these from the loggia of St. Peter’s!

Today I was planning on posting something about the Latin versions of first names of Cardinals whom the Electors may chose as the next Pope.  The first indication will be the former Cardinal’s first name, in Latin, in the accusative. … Read More

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A seminarian reports on his seminary’s plans for the announcement of the next Pope

From a seminarian: I just got done praying for good weather in Rome. I thought it would be interesting to hear what seminaries are doing during this Conclave, and especially how they will celebrate when our new Pope is elected. … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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, … Read More

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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, … Read More

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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 … Read More

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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 … Read More

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