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Category: Conclave

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The profound minimalism of Francis

I cannot say that Pope Francis is my friend; but I am honored to say I know him well. I first met him many years ago in Buenos Aires in 1993, less than a year after his predecessor, Cardinal Antonio Quarracino, rescued him from the ecclesiastic exile he was confined to by his congregation, the [...]

Will the next Pope be a ‘Baby Boomer’?

The identity of Pope Benedict XVI’s successor is still unknown. Yet we can say with confidence that the next Pope will mark a shift to a younger generation. It’s likely the next Pope will even be a ‘Baby Boomer’ born after World War II. Pope Benedict reigned with such apparent vigor and such undeniable mental [...]

Let’s also pray for families of cardinals

Black smoke Tuesday – and suspense continues for the elderly mother of Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn. Eleonore Schoenborn, 92, recently told a local newspaper that she hopes her son will not be elected pope because she will miss him. U.S. Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s youngest brother, Patrick, expressed similar sentiments in a recent interview. “A question [...]

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Infographics: The conclave – who, where, how

Now that the conclave has started, it is anyone’s guess as to how long it will last or who will emerge from the Sistine Chapel as our next Holy Father. In the meantime, here are some infographics to give you a better idea of what’s going on as the cardinals begin voting. (Click on any [...]

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Time for the Microculture

In 2005, while covering the conclave that elected Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, I told Laurie Goodstein at the New York Times: “Do not underestimate the power of the microculture that is generated among the cardinals when they are together. The kind of reflections that end up influencing them are completely unpredictable.” In other words, for [...]

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Let’s pray with the cardinals

As I write, we are watching the procession of cardinals into the Sistine Chapel. They are praying the Litany of Saints, and will soon pray the Veni Creator Spiritus. If you care to pray along with them, the booklet containing the prayers is available here from the Vatican. It is all in Latin, so a [...]

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Conclave novena to St. Joseph starts today

Last week EWTN News ran an article notifying you all that Cardinal Dolan has invited us to join him in praying a novena to St. Joseph for the election of the next Pope. The novena starts today and runs through St. Joseph’s feast day, March 19th. Cardinal Dolan has made the novena prayer available on [...]

Cardinals by the numbers

While the Italian press continues to promote an Italian for Pope, focusing on Cardinal Angelo Scola, the lists of the “papabili” are becoming as numerous as there are Vatican experts. Therefore, some numbers can be helpful in seeing who will actually be voting in the conclave that begins Tuesday evening. Cardinal electors: 115 (tied with [...]

Brilliant tools for the Papal election

Have you heard of two brilliant tools to allow Catholics to be better informed and involved with the Papal election? The now-available Pope Alarm from the college missionary organization, Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), will notify subscribers via e-mail or text the moment the white smoke rises from the Sistine Chapel. Web Director for [...]

One more tip for journalists covering the conclave

A few days ago, Hillary wrote a great blog post offering advice to secular journalists covering the upcoming conclave. I’d like to add my own thoughts, since this is a topic I find particularly troubling. So, all you reporters preparing to cover the papal election next week, here’s one more simple but important tip: 1). [...]

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October 23, 2014

Thursday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

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