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Life on Hold

We have plans to spend the next however many days it takes (1 more, by my official bracket position) making twice daily pilgrimages to St. Peter’s Square to smoke watch with a couple thousand of our best friends. Today’s itinerary has been completely designed around trips to the Square at noon and at 7:30, in [...]

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 [...]

A Cleansing Rain

As the opening Mass for the election of the next Roman Pontiff began at St. Peter’s Basilica this morning, the skies opened up and a downpour soaked the city streets. Lightening flashed uncharacteristically early in the day as the rain fell so hard that it partially obscured the view of the cupola from our balcony, [...]

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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 [...]

St. Peter’s gets its curtains

Red velvet curtains being hung over the central loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica by workers on a crane caught my eye this morning as I walked to work. Besides the Sistine Chapel getting its famous chimney on Saturday morning, these curtains are another sign that the Conclave to elect the next Pope is near – [...]

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 [...]

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October 20, 2014

Monday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

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