Conclave To Begin 12th March

03/08/2013 Comment

The Church's 75th Conclave will begin Tuesday 12th March.

The news came a little earlier than expected, at 5.30pm Rome time, when the Vatican released the following message:

"The eighth General Congregation of the College of Cardinals has decided that the Conclave will begin on Tuesday, 12 March 2013. A “pro eligendo Romano Pontifice” Mass [for the election of a Roman Pontiff] will be celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica that morning. In the afternoon, the cardinals will enter into the Conclave."

The 115 cardinal electors will begin moving into the Domus Sanctae Marthae residence adjacent to St Peter’s basilica on Monday. Their apartments are allocated by drawing lots.

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Cardinals Gather in St. Peter's to Pray for the Conclave

03/06/2013 Comment

One by one the cardinals arrived in St. Peter’s basilica for this evening’s prayers for the conclave, braving a gale of strong winds and heavy rain that has been buffeting Rome all day.

A number of them chose to arrive on foot through the main entrance, just like ordinary members of the public, but any attempt to enter unnoticed would be thwarted as their scarlet fascia and zucchetti would attract passers-by and well-wishers.

Cardinal Thomas Collins, the Archbishop of Toronto, was one of those who came through the main entrance. Asked if he would comment on the conclave, he very graciously said he would have to decline as he and all his confreres have now been sworn to secrecy.

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Entire Church Invited to Pray for Conclave

Faithful invited to join cardinals in prayer at 11a.m. EST March 6th as they celebrate Vespers in St. Peter's basilica.

03/05/2013 Comments (4)

The Vatican today invited the entire Church to pray with cardinals when they dedicate tomorrow afternoon, March 6th, to prayer and adoration in St. Peter's basilica for the upcoming papal election. The prayers begin at 5pm Rome time (11a.m. EST). 

According to Vatican Information Service: 

"[At this morning's general congregation] there was also a proposal, endorsed by the Particular Congregation, to dedicate tomorrow afternoon to prayer in St. Peter's Basilica. The Cardinal Dean, Angelo Sodano, will lead the prayers. This initiative will also serve as an invitation to the entire Church to pray at this important moment. The ceremony is open to the public so any faithful who so...READ MORE

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Conclave News Round-Up

03/04/2013 Comment
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Fly posters urging cardinal electors to vote for Cardinal Turkson have been appearing around Rome.

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A round up of some of today's stories surrounding the conclave and other related issues.

* Summary of today’s press briefing at the Vatican on the first day of the general congregation. The meeting took places in a "warm, serene atmosphere of great spiritual communion," said Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi. Vatican statement on today’s general congregation.

* Cardinal Julian Herranz, one of the three cardinals who led the commission of inquiry into Vatileaks, recently made some important points in an under-reported interview to a Spanish newspaper on the whole affair.

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Vatican Prepares for Beginning of General Congregations

03/02/2013 Comments (7)

Every cardinal will have now received the letter of Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals, summoning them to the first General Congregation, as provided for by the Apostolic Constitution "Universi dominici gregis".

In the letter (pictured), also sent by email and fax, Cardinal Sodano writes that the first General Congregation will take place on Monday, 4 March, at 9:30am in the Paul VI Aula, Synod of Bishops’ hall.

He then states that the General Congregations will then "continue regularly, until the complete number of Cardinal electors has been reached and the College of Cardinals then decides the date of entrance into Conclave of those Cardinal electors as...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict XVI's Farewell General Audience

02/27/2013 Comments (11)

Pope Benedict XVI's remarks in English during his final General Audience - full text below:

"Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I offer a warm and affectionate greeting to the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors who have joined me for this, my last General Audience. Like Saint Paul, whose words we heard earlier, my heart is filled with thanksgiving to God who ever watches over his Church and her growth in faith and love, and I embrace all of you with joy and gratitude. During this Year of Faith, we have been called to renew our joyful trust in the Lord’s presence in our lives and in the life of the Church. I am personally grateful for his unfailing love and guidance in the eight years...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict XVI's Last Angelus - Full Text

02/24/2013 Comments (2)
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Pope Benedict XVI during his last Angelus prayer, Feb. 24, 2013.

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The full text of Pope Benedict XVI's last Angelus address before he steps down on Thursday. 

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Thank you for your affection!

Today, the second Sunday of Lent, we have a particularly beautiful Gospel, the Transfiguration of the Lord. The evangelist Luke puts particular emphasis on the fact that Jesus was transfigured as he prayed: his is a profound experience of relationship with the Father during a sort of spiritual retreat that Jesus lives on a high mountain in the company of Peter, James and John, the three disciples always present in moments of divine manifestation of the Master (Luke 5:10, 8.51, 9.28).

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Papal Resignation and Conclave News Round-up

02/21/2013 Comments (5)

A fair amount of news has been coming out of the Vatican and Italy regarding the papal resignation and conclave. Below is a round-up of some of the latest stories:

*  Vaticanista Andrea Tornielli says Pope Benedict XVI will issue a motu proprio in the coming days to change the rules governing a papal conclave so that an earlier election of his successor can take place – if the College of Cardinals decides it wants an election sooner than the statutory 15 days after a pope’s death or resignation.

* Fr. Federico Lombardi’s statement:

* Perhaps with a view to ensuring accurate news is diffused during the conclave, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State, has now set...READ MORE

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Edward Pentin began reporting on the Pope and the Vatican with Vatican Radio before moving on to become the Rome correspondent for the National Catholic Register. He has also reported on the Holy See and the Catholic Church for a number of other publications including Newsweek, Newsmax, Zenit, The Catholic Herald, and The Holy Land Review, a Franciscan publication specializing in the Church and the Middle East. Follow on Twitter @edwardpentin