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Pope Francis appears on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica just after his March 13, 2013 election.

Pope Francis will shake up more than Vatican schedules

Mar 18, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

All the Vatican officials will continue in their positions “until otherwise provided” while Pope Francis takes time for “reflection, prayer... Read more

Pope Francis greets the pilgrims in St. Peter's Square and delivers his first Urbi et Orbi blessing.

Pope Francis: cardinals went to end of world to find me

Mar 13, 2013

Pope Francis began his first words to the Church by saying that the cardinals “went to the end of the... Read more

The third vote results in black smoke on the morning of March 13, 2013.

Healthier cardinals means earlier smoke signals

Mar 13, 2013

The smoke signals that indicate whether or not a new Pope has been chosen might be earlier than in the... Read more

The cardinals enter the Sistine Chapel for the papal conclave to elect a new pope on the morning of March 12, 2013.

Three cardinals entered conclave with strong candidacies

Mar 13, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Last night black smoke poured out of the Sistine Chapel smoke stack, leaving no doubt that a single cardinal was... Read more

Black Smoke pours out of the chimney of the Sistine Chapel as seen from St. Peter's Square.

No Pope after third round of voting

Mar 13, 2013

At 11:38 a.m. local time on March 13, black smoke rose from the Sistine Chapel’s chimney, indicating that the cardinals... Read more


Businessmen join in spiritual bouquet for cardinal electors

Mar 12, 2013

The Catholic Business Journal is encouraging its readers, radio audience and online subscribers to join in a spiritual bouquet to... Read more

Black smoke comes from the chimney on the Sistine Chapel to indicate no new Pope was elected, March 12, 2013.

Black smoke, no Pope yet

Mar 12, 2013

Black smoke rose from the chimney atop the Vatican's Sistine Chapel at 7:42 p.m. local time on March 12, signaling... Read more

Father Federico Lombardi responds to questions from the press on March 6, 2013.

New Pope will have adoration before his presentation

Mar 11, 2013

In a change to past papal elections, the new Pope will have the chance to adore Jesus in the Eucharist... Read more

Cardinals greet each other after the consistory Nov. 24, 2012 in St. Peter's Basilica.

Day before conclave, no clear favorite stands out

Mar 11, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

“It’s not journalists that vote in the conclave. It’s cardinals,” Mexican Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera said on Sunday, after celebrating... Read more


Main reason for conclave date revealed

Mar 9, 2013

An overwhelming majority of the College of Cardinals agreed on holding the conclave March 12 because the Sistine Chapel and... Read more

Catholics worldwide mobilize support for new Pope

Mar 9, 2013

By Kevin J. Jones

When the white smoke rises from the Sistine Chapel to signal the next Pope’s election, Catholics in some cities can... Read more


Rome youth center to host perpetual adoration during conclave

Mar 8, 2013

A center for students and young people in Rome has announced that it will host 24-hour Eucharistic adoration to pray... Read more


New Pope will have to wait to move in

Mar 8, 2013

No one knows who the new Pope will be, but it can be said with certainty that he will be... Read more

Father Federico Lombardi announces that the conclave date will be known after 7 p.m. on March 8, 2013.

Conclave date to be announced after 7 pm local time

Mar 8, 2013

The day when cardinals begin to vote for the next Pope will be announced after 7:00 p.m. local time.  Read more


As conclave nears, tactics get more aggressive

Mar 8, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The media silence of the cardinals resulted in an anonymous interview to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica in which a... Read more

Cardinals participate in the Nov. 2012 consistory in St. Peter's Basilica.

Old establishment cardinals hope for quick conclave

Mar 4, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

While the cardinals created by Benedict XVI arrive in Rome and get acquainted with the pre-conclave operations, cardinals from the... Read more


Future Popes will mirror Benedict XVI, says cardinal

Mar 2, 2013

An Australian cardinal said that future popes are likely to follow in the footsteps of Benedict XVI.  Read more


Spanish bishop says Benedict is latest in line of holy Popes

Feb 25, 2013

Throughout the past century, God has blessed the Church with exceptional Popes, including Benedict XVI, said Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI.

Pope says Lent is spiritual battle

Feb 17, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI used his second to last Angelus to tell thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square that... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI. CNA File photo.

Pope Benedict XVI announces his retirement

Feb 11, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI announced today that he will resign from his duties as Pope on February 28th, 2013.  Read more