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Cardinal Donald Wuerl at the North American College in Rome on Feb. 26, 2013.

Cardinal Wuerl describes spiritual experience of conclave

A conclave is similar to going on a rigorous spiritual retreat that is pervaded by silence, according to Cardinal Donald... Read more

Archbishop Pier Luigi Celata answers questions from the media about the motu proprio on Feb. 25, 2013.

Pope Benedict allows earlier conclave, extends secrecy oath

Pope Benedict XVI has changed Church law allowing cardinals to vote earlier for the new Pope, provided that they are... Read more

Cardinal Keith O'Brien.

Cardinal Keith O’Brien resigns, will not go to conclave

Pope Benedict XVI has accepted Cardinal Keith P. O’Brien’s resignation, and the cardinal has announced he will not attend the... Read more


Cardinal Bertone calls contemplatives to pray for conclave

The Vatican Secretary of State has written to the world’s nuns and monks to ask for their prayers for the... Read more


Conclave expected between March 9 and 11

The conclave to choose the next Pope will likely begin between March 9th and 11th.  Read more

Pope Benedict XVI rests at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo in July 2010.

Pope will change rule for conclave date tomorrow

Pope Benedict XVI will issue a motu proprio on Feb. 25, clearing the way for the College of Cardinals to... Read more

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan is greeted by his brother cardinals at the Feb. 18, 2012 consistory in St. Peter's Basilica. CNA file photo.

Vatican slams media for trying to influence papal vote

As the conclave to elect a new Pope approaches, the media has ramped up its speculation about why the Pope... Read more


God will help choose next Pope, cardinal stresses

Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani of Lima, Peru, discouraged a spirit of intrigue surrounding the upcoming conclave and said the new... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square, April 18, 2012.

Conclave may take place earlier than expected

The Vatican's spokesman announced today that the coming conclave to elect Pope Benedict XVI's successor might be convened in shorter... Read more


New Pope will be the one God wants, Spanish bishop says

The secretary general of the Spanish Bishops’ Conference defended Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign and said that the Holy... Read more

Father Federico Lombardi addresses the press on Feb. 11, 2013 about Pope Benedict XVI's resignation.

Vatican releases schedule for Pope's final days

The last days of Pope Benedict XVI will include three public appearances, a meeting with the priests of Rome, Lenten... Read more


Benedict XVI plans life of prayer after retirement

After Pope Benedict XVI retires at the end of February he will dedicate himself to a life of prayer and... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Basilica during the consistory of cardinals Nov. 24, 2012.

Pope Benedict XVI cites waning strength as reason for resignation

Pope Benedict XVI told a gathering of cardinals Feb. 11 that he no longer has the strength to carry out... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI. CNA File photo.

Pope Benedict XVI announces his retirement

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