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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 [...]

Cardinal Dolan’s Rome Sweet Home

  We arrived at the church of Our Lady of Guadalupe around 10:00 this morning, hoping to secure seats for our little family for His Eminence Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s 11:30 celebration of the Holy Mass at his titular parish in Rome. We needn’t have worried, as the bigger crowd was outside the church in the [...]

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). [...]

Praying for our future Pope with the Traditional Latin Mass

The other day I looked at the prayers of the ordinary form’s Mass for the Election of a Pope. Today I’ll look at the corresponding Mass in the extraordinary form (Traditional Latin Mass). Today’s blog entry is heavily indebted to this post at Rorate Caeli giving the texts in Latin, as my parish priests gave [...]

About that fake bishop…

Earlier this week, Swiss guards at the Vatican caught a fake bishop trying to sneak into the College of Cardinals’ general congregation meetings. The man, whose name is Ralph Napierski, had tied a fuchsia Pashmina scarf around his fake ecclesial robes, which Swiss guards noted were several inches too short. His fedora and tennis shoes also [...]

Photos: Virginia Catholic school’s mock conclave

Have you read CNA’s story about the Catholic school in Virginia that performed a mock Papal Conclave in order to teach students about how a new Pope is elected? St. Louis Catholic School in Arlington, Virginia went to great lengths to create an atmosphere of prayer and deliberation in order to show students just a little bit [...]

Expanding the pool

Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago, said yesterday that most of the cardinals are in no rush to get to the conclave, because they actually want to get it right. And thus the decision to prolong the general congregations – two of them have already been scheduled for Thursday – to think long and hard [...]

Signs of Change at the Vatican

Before you start thinking of all the things that might be changing at the Vatican these days, let me give you fair warning. This post is about a garden, but it’s not just any old garden. It’s the botanical arrangement between the back of St. Peter’s Basilica and the building that houses the government offices [...]

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October 25, 2014

Saturday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

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