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College of Cardinals imposes media silence after breach

Mar 6, 2013 - 07:45 am .- The College of Cardinals has decided that its members will no longer speak to journalists after several cardinals gave too much information to the Italian press.

Cardinals contemplate insider, outsider papal candidates

Mar 6, 2013 - 03:57 am .- “We are not ready to enter the conclave,” Cardinal Francis George of Chicago plainly told the Italian newspaper La Stampa today, adding, “I never felt that we would begin the conclave on March 11th.”

Cardinals will be informed of Vatileaks background

Mar 5, 2013 - 11:50 am .- Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley said he trusts the cardinals taking part in the papal election will be informed on the necessary background information related to the Vatileaks scandal.

Cardinals send message of thanks to Benedict XVI

Mar 5, 2013 - 10:09 am .- The College of Cardinals sent Benedict XVI a message of thanks for his ministry and decided to only hold morning meetings as they prepare for the conclave.

Cardinals announce adoration, Vespers ceremony for conclave

Mar 5, 2013 - 07:35 am .- The College of Cardinals has agreed to hold a public prayer service on March 6 in St. Peter’s Basilica to pray for the upcoming conclave and the process of electing a new Pope.

Cardinal O'Malley lists sex abuse, Curia reform as priorities

Mar 4, 2013 - 01:01 pm .- Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley listed clerical sex abuse, reforming the Church’s administration and Christian persecution as some of the issues he thinks the next Pope will have to tackle.

Spanish ambassador to Holy See voices support amid papal transition

Mar 4, 2013 - 12:22 pm .- Spain’s ambassador to the Holy See, Eduardo Gutierrez Saenz de Buruaga, said after meeting with the Spanish cardinals that they are “very hopeful” as they approach the upcoming conclave.

Cardinals begin pre-conclave meetings

Mar 4, 2013 - 07:52 am .- The cardinals of the Catholic Church gathered for their first general meeting this morning to take an oath of secrecy, pray and begin discussing some of the logistics to elect a new Pope.

Old establishment cardinals hope for quick conclave

Mar 4, 2013 - 07:00 am .- While the cardinals created by Benedict XVI arrive in Rome and get acquainted with the pre-conclave operations, cardinals from the old establishment are pushing for a quick conclave.

'Church changing big time,' says Cardinal Dolan

Mar 3, 2013 - 05:48 am .- An American cardinal said Sunday that the Catholic Church is undergoing a lot of changes.

Cardinal says selecting new Pope is 'a great responsibility'

Mar 1, 2013 - 04:05 pm .- Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan of Mexico, who participated in the conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI, stressed the great responsibility undertaken by the cardinals who will choose the next Pope.

Benedict XVI's first night as Pope emeritus

Mar 1, 2013 - 11:20 am .- Benedict XVI ate dinner, watched the news with Archbishop Georg Gänswein and slept soundly during his first night as a retired pontiff.

Papal apartments, basilica sealed for sede vacante

Mar 1, 2013 - 10:39 am .- Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone sealed off the papal apartments, marking the beginning of the sede vacante, the period when there is no Pope.

US cardinals say next Pope must be 'man of deep faith'

Mar 1, 2013 - 09:46 am .- Countering much speculation that next Pope will be chosen based on geographic concerns, three American cardinals say the best candidate to succeed Benedict XVI is a man of holiness who can communicate the Gospel.

Cardinals set date for meetings about next Pope

Mar 1, 2013 - 05:04 am .- On the first day that the Church is without a Pope, Cardinal Angelo Sodano announced that the first general congregation of cardinals will take place next Monday morning.

Benedict XVI pledges respect, obedience to future Pope

Feb 28, 2013 - 05:52 am .- Pope Benedict XVI surprised the cardinals and organizers of a Feb. 28 farewell ceremony by saying the future Pope is present and that he already pledges his “unconditional respect and obedience” to him.

Cardinal Wuerl describes spiritual experience of conclave

Feb 27, 2013 - 04:14 pm .- A conclave is similar to going on a rigorous spiritual retreat that is pervaded by silence, according to Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C.

Pope Benedict allows earlier conclave, extends secrecy oath

Feb 25, 2013 - 09:24 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has changed Church law allowing cardinals to vote earlier for the new Pope, provided that they are all in Rome.

Cardinal Keith O’Brien resigns, will not go to conclave

Feb 25, 2013 - 05:55 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has accepted Cardinal Keith P. O’Brien’s resignation, and the cardinal has announced he will not attend the conclave.

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

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