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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 [...]

Pope Emeritus Benedict and the New Evangelization

Blessed Pope John Paul II tends to be the Pope that is often associated with the New Evangelization, using modern methods to call those around us to a fuller conversion in Christ. However, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has done a tremendous job over the last eight years of picking up where his predecessor left off [...]

5 tips to help secular journalists cover the Papal conclave

With all eyes – including those of the secular media outlets – on the Church following the resignation of Benedict XVI, scandal, intrigue and gossip have been taken as fact in the days leading up to the conclave that will elect the next Supreme Pontiff. Amid widespread woeful ignorance and rampant misreporting, here are five [...]

Let’s pray with the liturgy for our next Pope

While many people, both within and without the Catholic world, are speculating heavily about the man who will become Pope, it can’t hurt to actually pray for that man, since really the choice of only the 115 men who will be locked up “with a key” (cum clave – in the conclave) matters when it [...]

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April 23, 2014

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