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Cardinals continue to discuss state of the Church in the world as conclave approaches

Apr 14, 2005

Earlier today, 138 cardinals gathered at the Vatican to prepare to select a new pope, met for their eleventh General... Read more

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Spanish journalist: “young people should go to Cologne to pay homage to John Paul II”

Apr 14, 2005

The renowned Spanish journalist Paloma Gomez Borrero, the only female journalist who accompanied the Pope during all 104 of his... Read more

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Sistine Chapel chimney ready for conclave

Apr 14, 2005

This Thursday workers at the Vatican finished installing the chimney in the Sistine Chapel that will send the famous black... Read more

Preparations for the conclave: Cardinals explore state of Church in the world

Apr 13, 2005

142 cardinals participated this morning in the tenth General Congregation of Cardinals, leading up to Monday’s conclave where they will... Read more

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Four votes, two plumes of smoke per day during Conclave

Apr 13, 2005

The cardinals gathered in the Conclave will vote twice in the morning and twice in the afternoon, but the burning... Read more

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Archbishop Sandri: ‘Church must bring to fruition legacy of extraordinary pope’

Apr 13, 2005

"To us, above all,” said Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, at a Mass for John Paul II last evening, “falls the task... Read more

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Mary Ann Glendon: Better catechesis for the laity urgent

Apr 13, 2005

The President of the Pontifical Council for the Sciences, Dr. Mary Ann Glendon, said Wednesday at the Vatican that the... Read more

Thousands visit tomb of John Paul II

Apr 12, 2005

Early this morning, the Vatican reopened the grottoes beneath St. Peter’s Basilica for the first time since the death of... Read more

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Papal conclave participants to take oath Friday

Apr 12, 2005

As cardinals from around the world prepare to elect a new pope, the Vatican announced today that all those who... Read more

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John Paul opened hearts to the Good News of the Gospel, says Ratzinger to world diplomats

Apr 12, 2005

In a testament to the broad travels of the late John Paul II, the College of Cardinals today received official... Read more

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Ninth General Congregation draws cardinals closer to conclave

Apr 12, 2005

As Monday’s papal conclave itself draws ever nearer; Holy See Press Office Director Joaquin Navarro-Valls released a statement today on... Read more

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Cardinal Eugenio Sales praises John Paul II’s teaching on human dignity

Apr 12, 2005

During the fifth Novendiale Mass celebrated on Tuesday for the repose of the soul of Pope John Paul II, Brazilian... Read more

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Faithful able to attend Mass pro eligendo Summo Pontifice Mass

Apr 12, 2005

The Office of Liturgical Celebrations has issued a statement saying the Mass pro eligendo Summo Pontifice, which will take place... Read more

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Vatican reveals surprising statistics on funeral Mass of John Paul II

Apr 12, 2005

The Press Office of the Holy See released statistics on Tuesday about the attendance at the Pope’s funeral and about... Read more

Archbishop says beatification of John Paul II could come soon

Apr 11, 2005

Two days ago the cardinals gathered in Rome stated the opening of the cause of beatification of Pope John Paul... Read more

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Papal apartments sealed, Cardinals to receive official condolences from world diplomats tomorrow

Apr 11, 2005

137 cardinals from around the world gathered this morning at the Vatican for their 8th General Congregation in preparation for... Read more

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Vatican: ‘May the Lord illuminate the minds of the papal electors’

Apr 11, 2005

As cardinals from around the globe prepare to enter the Sistine Chapel on Monday to elect a new shepherd for... Read more

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Holy See shows press video of Domus Sancta Marta

Apr 11, 2005

Accredited journalists at the Vatican were shown a video Monday of the St. Martha residence, inaugurated by Pope John Paul... Read more

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Famous rail station in Rome to be renamed “John Paul II Station”

Apr 11, 2005

The famous train Termini train station in Rome will be renamed in honor of Pope John Paul II, who died... Read more

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College of Cardinals to pray before tomb of John Paul II Tuesday afternoon

Apr 11, 2005

The members of the College of Cardinals participating in the General Congregations will visit the tomb of Pope John Paul... Read more