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White smoke from Vatican chimney, new Pope to be announced

White smoke billowing from the Sistine Chapel’s chimney on March 13 indicated that the College of Cardinals had chosen a... Read more

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

Healthier cardinals means earlier smoke signals

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

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

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

The two stoves used for the burning of the ballots are installed.

Vatican details how new smoke signals are produced

Varying chemical compounds have replaced wet straw and pitch to produce the Vatican smoke signal that is used to communicate... Read more


Businessmen join in spiritual bouquet for cardinal electors

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

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

 Monsignor Guido Marini closes the Sistine Chapel door as the Conclave begins on March 12, 2013.

Cardinals will begin conclave with songs, prayers and oaths

The doors of the Sistine Chapel will be closed this evening with the declaration “extra omnes” – everyone out, beginning... Read more

Cardinal Angelo Sodano celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on March 12, 2013.

Cardinal Sodano prays for Pope generous in charity

The dean of the College of Cardinals celebrated Mass this morning and prayed for a new Pope that will embrace... Read more

Thousands sign up for Pope election text message

Over 35,000 people have signed up for, a service of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students that sends out... Read more

Cardinal Marc Ouellet celebrating mass at the Church of Santa Maria in Traspontina. March 10 2013.

Cardinal Ouellet urges forgiveness ahead of conclave

In a homily at his Roman parish on Sunday, Cardinal Marc Ouellet encouraged forgiveness and reconciliation, especially through the sacrament... Read more

The Vatican's Sistine Chapel is prepared in advance of the conclave March 10, 2013.

Florists, bus drivers and technicians take oath

This evening 90 people who will assist the Conclave in various capacities took an oath of secrecy not to divulge... Read more

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

New Pope will have adoration before his presentation

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

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

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan enters Nostra Signora di Guadalupe on March 10, 2013.

Cardinal Dolan eager for conclave to start

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan told the press outside Our Lady of Guadalupe parish in Rome that he is anxious for... Read more


Detailed schedule of conclave released

Vatican press office director, Fr. Federico Lombardi, has revealed details of the daily schedule of the Conclave set to begin... Read more


Main reason for conclave date revealed

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

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

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

Fr. Federico Lombardi (center) holds a press conference on March 8, 2013 in the Vatican Press Office.

Cardinals select Tuesday, March 12 for conclave

After five days of meetings, the College of Cardinals has voted to hold a conclave to elect the next Pope... Read more