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Was 2012 the Year the Church Discovered Twitter? (2378)

Adopting the same online approach as Benedict XVI’s lead, many American bishops have established a strong Internet presence.

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NEW YORK — Leave it to an 85-year-old man who wears ruby-red slippers and speaks fluent Latin to lead a 2,000-year-old Church into the new media.

About half a dozen U.S. archbishops and cardinals followed Pope Benedict XVI onto Twitter in 2012.

In May, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the New York archbishop and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, started tweeting Bible verses, saint quotations and reflections on joy and holiness to what is now an 80,000-plus person following. Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley took to Twitter to oppose an assisted-suicide ballot question. And Bishop Alexander Sample of Marquette, Mich., who will become the archbishop of Portland, Ore., April 2,...READ MORE

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Cardinal Sodano Prays for a Pope Generous in Charity (1968)

A possible first vote for the new pope could take place this evening, Rome time.

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Cardinal Sodano

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VATICAN CITY — The dean of the College of Cardinals celebrated Mass this morning and prayed for a new pope who will embrace the mission of charity with a generous heart.

“My brothers, let us pray that the Lord will grant us a pontiff who will embrace this noble mission (of charity) with a generous heart,” Cardinal Angelo Sodano said in St. Peter’s Basilica on March 12.

“Let us pray that the future pope may continue this unceasing work on the world level,” he said.

Cardinal Sodano gave his homily in Italian and drew out themes from the two readings and the Gospel.

He focused on the importance of love in charity with his reflections on the reading from Isaiah, the necessity of unity...READ MORE

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Papal Conclave 101: The Mechanics of Electing a New Pope (7150)

The election will be conducted according to a ceremonial and confidential process.

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VATICAN CITY — By the time all 115 grand electors travel the short distance from their Vatican City residence to the Apostolic Palace at 3:45pm on Tuesday, many will have clear favorite candidates in mind.

Their discernment process over the past few weeks appears to have been conclusive: The cardinals’ “unanimous” decision last Friday to begin the conclave March 12 suggests quite a few minds are made up. The consensus, therefore, is that this conclave could be relatively brief and may well be over by Friday.

There’s “no reason to believe it will take long,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told journalists Saturday. The average length of a conclave over the past century has...READ MORE

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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.”

Since cardinals are part of the clergy of Rome, each is given a titular parish for which they are...READ MORE

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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! (3494)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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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 (4608)

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

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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 (5990)

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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