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Cardinal Bertone calls contemplatives to pray for conclave

Feb 25, 2013 - 04:31 am .- The Vatican Secretary of State has written to the world’s nuns and monks to ask for their prayers for the conclave to elect his successor

Conclave expected between March 9 and 11

Feb 24, 2013 - 03:52 pm .- The conclave to choose the next Pope will likely begin between March 9th and 11th.

Pope will change rule for conclave date tomorrow

Feb 24, 2013 - 03:16 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI will issue a motu proprio on Feb. 25, clearing the way for the College of Cardinals to choose a date in early March to begin the conclave for electing his successor.

Vatican slams media for trying to influence papal vote

Feb 23, 2013 - 08:00 am .- As the conclave to elect a new Pope approaches, the media has ramped up its speculation about why the Pope is resigning, causing the Secretariat of State to warn about “completely false and unverifiable” news stories aimed at swaying public opinion to influence the vote. 

God will help choose next Pope, cardinal stresses

Feb 21, 2013 - 12:04 pm .- Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani of Lima, Peru, discouraged a spirit of intrigue surrounding the upcoming conclave and said the new Pope will be chosen with God’s help, regardless of nationality.

Conclave may take place earlier than expected

Feb 16, 2013 - 03:59 pm .- The Vatican's spokesman announced today that the coming conclave to elect Pope Benedict XVI's successor might be convened in shorter order than previously thought.

New Pope will be the one God wants, Spanish bishop says

Feb 14, 2013 - 12:02 pm .- The secretary general of the Spanish Bishops’ Conference defended Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign and said that the Holy Spirit will choose a new shepherd to govern God’s people.

Vatican releases schedule for Pope's final days

Feb 13, 2013 - 06:05 am .- The last days of Pope Benedict XVI will include three public appearances, a meeting with the priests of Rome, Lenten spiritual exercises, and audiences with politicians and cardinals.

Benedict XVI plans life of prayer after retirement

Feb 11, 2013 - 10:55 am .- After Pope Benedict XVI retires at the end of February he will dedicate himself to a life of prayer and study in a Vatican-based monastery.

Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation

Feb 11, 2013 - 07:20 am .- Pope Benedict XVI told a gathering of cardinals Feb. 11 that he no longer has the strength to carry out ministry and will resign on Feb. 28.

Pope Benedict XVI announces his retirement

Feb 11, 2013 - 04:28 am .- Pope Benedict XVI announced today that he will resign from his duties as Pope on February 28th, 2013.

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