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 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

Mar 12, 2013

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

Mar 12, 2013

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

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

Cardinal Dolan eager for conclave to start

Mar 10, 2013

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

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Detailed schedule of conclave released

Mar 9, 2013

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

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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

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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

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

Cardinals select Tuesday, March 12 for conclave

Mar 8, 2013

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

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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

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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

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Final cardinal arrives in Rome for conclave

Mar 7, 2013

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

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

Profile of future Pope begins to take shape

Mar 6, 2013

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

Mar 6, 2013

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

Mar 6, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

“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

Mar 5, 2013

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

Mar 5, 2013

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

Mar 5, 2013

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

Mar 4, 2013

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