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Consistory of cardinals held Nov. 4, 2012.

New cardinals highlight Global South, pastoral experience

Jan 13, 2014

The 19 men chosen to be named cardinals in February stresses Pope Francis' attention on the peripheries of the Church,... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for the Feast of the Epiphany in St. Peter's Basilica on Jan. 6, 2014.

Pope's first cardinals represent peripheries of the world

Jan 12, 2014

Today Pope Francis announced the names of the 19 men from various parts of the globe who will be appointed... 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

 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


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


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


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


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


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