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Vatican post office sells over 150k Vacant See sets

The Vatican is now selling special stamps and envelopes that are made only when there is no Pope.  Read more


Final cardinal arrives in Rome for conclave

The last cardinal to arrive in Rome for the election of a new Pope is supposed to land this afternoon,... Read more

Students from St. Louis Catholic School in Alexandria, VA learn about the Papal Conclave by creating their own. Photos courtesy of St. Louis Catholic School.

Mock conclave teaches Catholic students about faith

The principal at a Virginia Catholic grade school said he hopes an elaborate mock conclave recently held by students and... Read more

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

Profile of future Pope begins to take shape

On their third day of pre-conclave meetings the cardinals are beginning to develop the profile of what the next Pope... Read more

A screenshot of the cardinals' March 4, 2013 general congregation in the Vatican's New Synod Hall.

College of Cardinals imposes media silence after breach

The College of Cardinals has decided that its members will no longer speak to journalists after several cardinals gave too... Read more

Cardinals pray during their second general meeting on March 4, 2013 in the Vatican's New Synod Hall.

Cardinals contemplate insider, outsider papal candidates

“We are not ready to enter the conclave,” Cardinal Francis George of Chicago plainly told the Italian newspaper La Stampa... Read more

(L to R) Cardinals Daniel DiNardo and Sean O'Malley speak at a March 5, 2013 press conference at the North American College.

Cardinals will be informed of Vatileaks background

Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley said he trusts the cardinals taking part in the papal election will be informed on the... Read more

The cardinals take part in the general congregation on March 4, 2013. CNA file photo.

Cardinals send message of thanks to Benedict XVI

The College of Cardinals sent Benedict XVI a message of thanks for his ministry and decided to only hold morning... Read more

Father Federico Lombardi speaks at a March 5, 2013 Vatican press conference.

Cardinals announce adoration, Vespers ceremony for conclave

The College of Cardinals has agreed to hold a public prayer service on March 6 in St. Peter’s Basilica to... Read more

Cardinal O'Malley speaks with CNA during a March 4, 2013 interview at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.

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

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley listed clerical sex abuse, reforming the Church’s administration and Christian persecution as some of the issues... Read more


Spanish ambassador to Holy See voices support amid papal transition

Spain’s ambassador to the Holy See, Eduardo Gutierrez Saenz de Buruaga, said after meeting with the Spanish cardinals that they... Read more

Msgr. Jose Maria Gil Tamayo, Fr. Federico Lombardi, and Fr. Thomas Rosica speak to the press on Feb. 26, 2013.

Cardinals begin pre-conclave meetings

The cardinals of the Catholic Church gathered for their first general meeting this morning to take an oath of secrecy,... Read more

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

Old establishment cardinals hope for quick conclave

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

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan presides at a Mass in the catacombs in St. Peter's Basilica on March 2, 2013.

'Church changing big time,' says Cardinal Dolan

An American cardinal said Sunday that the Catholic Church is undergoing a lot of changes.  Read more


Cardinal says selecting new Pope is 'a great responsibility'

Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan of Mexico, who participated in the conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI, stressed the great responsibility... Read more

The papal residence in Castel Gandolfo.

Benedict XVI's first night as Pope emeritus

Benedict XVI ate dinner, watched the news with Archbishop Georg Gänswein and slept soundly during his first night as a... Read more

The Papal Apartments are sealed after Pope Benedict XVI left the Vatican Feb 28, 2013.

Papal apartments, basilica sealed for sede vacante

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone sealed off the papal apartments, marking the beginning of the sede vacante, the period when there is... Read more

(L-R) Cardinals Sean O'Malley of Boston, Daniel DiNardo of Houston, and Francis George of Chicago at the NAC on Feb. 27, 2013.

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

Countering much speculation that next Pope will be chosen based on geographic concerns, three American cardinals say the best candidate... Read more


Cardinals set date for meetings about next Pope

On the first day that the Church is without a Pope, Cardinal Angelo Sodano announced that the first general congregation... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI participates in a farewell audience with cardinals on Feb. 28, 2013 in the Clementine Hall.

Benedict XVI pledges respect, obedience to future Pope

Pope Benedict XVI surprised the cardinals and organizers of a Feb. 28 farewell ceremony by saying the future Pope is... Read more