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NYT surprise: cardinals are…human

A recent New York Times article features the headline: “Now Gathering in Rome, a Conclave of Fallible Cardinals.” As if this were news. Yes, 117 of the 117 eligible cardinals-electors in the upcoming conclave are, in fact, fallible. But, this isn’t news. It is well-established that humans are, well, human. We make mistakes – and [...]

6 things to know about the 2013 conclave

1. Prayer is the most important part – for the cardinals and for the faithful. Before the conclave itself begins, the cardinals say a Mass “For the Election of a Pope” and pray the “Veni Creator,” a hymn calling on the Holy Spirit. John Paul II wrote that during the vacancy, “the universal Church, spiritually [...]

A platypus for Pope?

If you ask an Aussie to describe a platypus for you, he will likely tell you that the small mammal is an awkward and almost laughably absurd combination of a beaver, a duck and a kangaroo. The question is: is there room for a platypus Pope? According to the Washington Post, some Catholics believe there [...]

Pope Benedict’s 12 most re-tweeted tweets

The Holy Father made headlines around the world when he announced that he would join the social media website Twitter last December. The initiative was wildly successful, with the Pope’s English Twitter account, @Pontifex, gaining more than 1.6 million followers in less than three months. The Pontiff posted 39 tweets in a total of nine [...]

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CNA launches blog in time for papal conclave

Catholic News Agency is announcing the launch of its new blog on March 1, in time to provide enhanced coverage of the papal conclave that will elect the new Pope, as well as future Church news. “We are thrilled to announce the launch of our blog in what could be called the most exciting time [...]

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July 29, 2014

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