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Cardinal Ouellet Urges Forgiveness Ahead of Conclave (2502)

The participating cardinal electors will be invited to confess their sins, he noted, ‘so as to choose with purity.’

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Cardinal Marc Ouellet celebrating Mass March 10 at the Church of Santa Maria in Traspontina.

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ROME — In a homily at his Roman parish on Sunday, Cardinal Marc Ouellet encouraged forgiveness and reconciliation, especially through the sacrament of confession.

“The cardinals that will now participate in the conclave will have the opportunity, and will all be invited to confess their sins, so as to choose with purity of heart,” the Quebec native said March 10.

Cardinal Ouellet, who formerly served as head of the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops, noted that during the conclave the cardinal electors will be able “not only to confess their sins, but also to offer forgiveness.”

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Steubenville Students to Spend Spring Break on Mission Trips (1699)

They will serve the poor at locations across the United States and in five other countries.

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STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — More than 300 students at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio will use their spring break to serve Christ by serving the poor at locations across the United States and in five other countries.

“Perseverance, sacrifice, responsibility, prayer, charity, hope and faith are an integral part of each mission-trip experience,” said Rhett Young, director of missionary outreach at the university, on March 8.

“It is Christ in the people they encounter and the personal growth that happens while on mission that leaves a lasting impression.”

The students have spent six months in preparation for the service trips, including both training and fundraising.

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An American in Rome, Bound for Chair of Peter; Oscar Romero's Exaggerating Critics and More! (3493)

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An American in Rome, Bound for the Chair of Peter. Follow the link by Sandro Magister to read more.

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Oscar Romero’s Exaggerating Critics – Filip Mazurczak, First Things/On the Square

The Apostolate of Suffering – Chelsea Zimmerman, Ignitum Today

Robert Hugh Benson’s Come Rack! Come Rope! – Joseph Pearce, Crisis Magazine

My Friend And The Eucharist – Howard Duncan, Catholic Stand

Last Rites Inappropriate for Ill Children Under Age of Seven – Dr. Edward Peters, In the Light of the Law

C. S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debating Christ – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Glad You Asked – Barb Lishko, Catholic Lane

Quick Takes – Priest’s Wife, In Union With Rome

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A Non-European Pope Might Lead an Increasingly Global Church (4604)

Pilgrims visiting Rome as the conclave nears discuss the prospects of a pope from afar.

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A choir sings hymns for the conclave in St Peter's Square on Monday evening

– Simon Roughneen

ROME — “We are praying for it,” says Ferdinand de Guzman, standing in the doorway of the Santa Pudenziana church, about a mile from the Colosseum and the Lateran Basilica, two famous Roman landmarks.

The Filipino Catholic was speaking about the possibility that his compatriot, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, could emerge as pope after the conclave, which starts Tuesday.

“If God wills it, he will be pope, but if not, we will surely support our new Holy Father, whoever that may be,” said de Guzman, from Tarlac in the Philippines, but now in his 20th year living in Rome.

The 55-year-old Cardinal Tagle has had a meteoric rise in the Church, appointed cardinal in October 2012 by...READ MORE

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Cardinal Angelo Scola: Confidante of Benedict (5989)

Part of a Register series on possible successors to the papacy.

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Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan

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VATICAN CITY — An Italian cardinal close to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is emerging as the front-runner, as the Church’s cardinal electors gather to elect a successor, Vatican observers say.

After a week of preparatory deliberations, Cardinal Angelo Scola, the archbishop of Milan, could win the support of as many as 40 out of the 77 needed to be elected pope in the first round of voting in the conclave that begins tomorrow.

For a number of years, Cardinal Scola has been the oddsmakers’ favorite, but, in recent months, other cardinals have overtaken his leading position on papabile lists. Now, he appears to be making a late resurgence, backed by U.S. cardinals and a wide number of...READ MORE

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Day Before Conclave, No Clear Favorite Stands Out (4118)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Some fear a long conclave, since each cardinal has approximately the same odds of becoming pope.

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Cardinals greet each other after the consistory Nov. 24, 2012, in St. Peter's Basilica.

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ROME — “It’s not journalists that vote in the conclave. It’s cardinals,” Mexican Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera said on Sunday, after celebrating Mass at his titular church of San Francesco di Ripa Grande.

Cardinal Rivera’s words underscore that this conclave could deliver a surprise and the possibility that none of the cardinals mentioned as papabili will be the new pope.

In fact, now more than ever, each cardinal has approximately the same odds of becoming pope.

Gianfranco Svidercoschi, the former vice director of the Vatican paper L’Osservatore Romano, said that, “traditionally, the cardinals had two different and contrasting schools of thought: those who want to bring on the...READ MORE

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Regular Massgoers Oppose Same-Sex 'Marriage,' Poll Shows (4913)

Results from Quinnipiac University show that the more Catholics are involved in their faith, the more informed they are on Church teaching.

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HAMDEN, Conn. — A majority of Catholics who attend Mass weekly oppose same-sex “marriage,” according to a March 8 poll by Quinnipiac University, even though its release suggested that baptized Catholics largely support the practice.

Among Catholics who are registered to vote and who attend Mass weekly, 36% support “gay marriage,” while 55% oppose it, according to figures provided to Catholic News Agency by April Radocchio, Quinnipiac University Polling Institute's associate poll director.

The release announcing the poll, by contrast, said that, among all registered voters who identify as Catholic — 11% of whom never attend religious services — 54% support same-sex “marriage,” while...READ MORE

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Cardinal Dolan Eager for Conclave to Start (2960)

Like many other cardinal electors, he celebrated Mass Sunday at the Rome parish he received when elevated to the rank of cardinal.

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan enters Nostra Signora di Guadalupe Church in Rome March 10.

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VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Timothy Dolan told the press outside Our Lady of Guadalupe parish in Rome that he is anxious for the conclave to begin and that he feels peaceful now that the start date is known.

“I’m anxious to get started. There was a sense of peace once we decided to start the conclave on Tuesday. … God willing, I’ll be home before Palm Sunday,” he said as he went into his titular parish on March 10.

Palm Sunday takes place March 24. Before his return to his home, the Archdiocese of New York, Cardinal Dolan is scheduled to remain in Rome until the election and inauguration of a new pope to succeed the retired Benedict XVI.

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