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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A lesson from Don Quixote on the papal election

It was Miguel de Cervantes, the Spanish Shakespeare, who endeared the world to Don Quixote – a deluded old man who led futile charges against windmills thinking he was a knight in shining armor followed by loyal troops. At 84, Swiss theologian Hans Kung seems to be closer to Don Quixote than to the theological […]

AP’s secret to restore the Catholic Church: Amy Winehouse

Alas, the Associated Press has started a series profiling all those “papabili,” as determined by… the Associated Press. I can tell you already how their list of “papabili” will be put in place. The list will be “fair” to all ethnic groups and continents so that no one, as far as the Associated Press can […]

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 […]

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 […]