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The Path Toward the Conclave (4104)

NEWS ANALYSIS: A push from most cardinals for ample discussion time delayed an originally fast-track plan for an early conclave.

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Cardinals entering pre-conclave meetings March 5

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VATICAN CITY — During these days of the cardinals’ pre-conclave meetings, two competing tendencies have emerged that ultimately led to a brief delay of the beginning of the conclave.

The exact date is expected to be announced tomorrow, on March 8, following the arrival today of the last of the 115 voting cardinals, Vietnam’s Cardinal Jean-Baptiste Pham Minh Man.

A contingent of cardinals has pushed for a short period of pre-conclave meetings, followed by a quick conclave, beginning as early as March 10, to elect the next pope. But more cardinals have wanted a longer pre-conclave period to allow for ample time for informal discussions outside of the rigid etiquette of the formal...READ MORE

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Cardinal Bertone: New Pope Must Have Docility and Strength (3686)

New pope faces the challenge of encouraging society to make our world more humane and peaceful.

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Cardinal Bertone

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ROME — Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, former Vatican secretary of state, said that among the essential qualities the next pope must have is the ability to seek God’s guidance while leading his Church on earth.

In statements to the Spanish daily La Razon on Feb. 28, Cardinal Bertone said the cardinals would continue to meet this week to study “what kind of profile God wants for the Roman pontiff for the present situation in the world and the Church.”

“There are some qualities that are essential: He should be a spiritual man, so that he may be a docile instrument in the hands of God as the vicar of Christ on earth; and he should have the strength and the drive which Benedict XVI spoke about...READ MORE

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Book on Benedict XVI’s Final Speeches Planned (2034)

The Vatican Publishing House will release two books by the pope emeritus.

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ROME — A book on all of Benedict XVI’s speeches from the moment he announced his resignation until his last day as pontiff will be published March 11.

The book’s title is Non Mi Sono Mai Sentito Solo in Italian, which translates as “I Have Never Felt Alone.” It will also include his resignation speech, Ash Wednesday homily and address at a meeting with all of Rome’s clergy.

The Vatican’s publishing house will also release a second book on the pope emeritus in March, which will collect all of his general audiences from the Church’s Year of Faith.

It is titled Beneditto XVI Nell Anno Della Fede or (Benedict XVI in the Year of Faith) and is the last volume of the retired pope’s series...READ MORE

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Final Cardinal Arrives in Rome for Conclave (2716)

Highlights from the day in Rome.

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VATICAN — The last cardinal to arrive in Rome for the election of a new pope is supposed to land this afternoon, in time for Thursday’s second general meeting.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi began the March 7 daily press briefing by telling reporters, “There is no date,” which was followed by sighs from the media.

However, the progress toward a date for the conclave did make visible progress, with the planned arrival of Cardinal Jean-Baptiste Pham Minh Man from Vietnam, bringing the College of Cardinals to its full count of 115.

“The Vietnamese cardinal made his journey today, and some Vietnamese priests from Vatican Radio are meeting him at the airport. We will see if...READ MORE

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Bishops Raise Concern Over Violence Against Women Act (5759)

In another blow to conscience rights, Congress passes a bill that failed to provide religious liberty protection for Church-affiliated anti-trafficking programs.

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Editor's note: This article was updated at 11:45 am EST March 8, 2013.

WASHINGTON — As threats to human life and religious liberty become embedded in federal law, the U.S. bishops are being forced to withhold support from legislation like the Affordable Care Act, which advances key social goals but authorizes policies that violate Catholic teaching.

This increasingly familiar pattern was repeated when the Senate and House last week approved the Violence Against Women Act of 2013 (S. 47), and President Barack Obama signed the bill into law March 7.

The legislation offers a five-year extension of federal support for the investigation and prosecution of cases involving violence against...READ MORE

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Peaceful Dialogue Requires Religious Freedom, Archbishop Tells U.N. (1774)

Archbishop Tomasi promotes genuine freedom of religion that opens the road to peace and authentic human development through mutual recognition.

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Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations

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GENEVA, Switzerland — True religious liberty, based on the mutual recognition of religious groups, is necessary for peace and authentic human development, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi told the United Nations Human Rights Council.

“Religions are communities based on faith or belief, and their freedom guarantees a contribution of moral values without which the freedom of everyone is not possible,” the Holy See’s permanent observer to the United Nations said March 6.

“The acceptance of the religious freedom of other persons and groups is the cornerstone of dialogue and collaboration.”

The archbishop’s message was delivered as part of the 22nd session of the Human Rights Council and was in...READ MORE

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New Book Shows Adult Stem Cells as Medical ‘Paradigm Shift’ (3119)

Its co-author says the success of adult stem cells has been so great that there is no reason to continue embryonic stem-cell research.

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DENVER — The recent explosion of success in using adult stem cells to treat and cure diseases marks a shift in the medical field by making it unnecessary to use controversial embryonic stem cells, said Dr. Robin Smith.

“These cells are impacting many peoples’ lives who are treated in a clinical trial, and as they become standard in care ... it will become part of modern medicine,” the president of the Stem for Life Foundation told Catholic News Agency March 6.

“There’s a paradigm shift in medicine now, using cell therapy to treat diseases, and it’s just a very exciting time in medicine.”

Smith, along with Msgr. Tomasz Trafny and Max Gomez, is co-author of The Healing Cell, a new...READ MORE

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Profile of Future Pope Begins to Take Shape (3426)

The New Evangelization is one of the principal themes discussed in the pre-conclave meetings.

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

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VATICAN CITY — On their third day of pre-conclave meetings, the cardinals began to develop the profile of what the next pope needs to look like.

The principal themes of recent meetings were “the Church in today’s world, the New Evangelization, the Holy See, the dicasteries and their relations with the bishops, and what’s beginning to emerge is a profile of the next pope,” Father Federico Lombardi told the press March 6.

For the first time, a recommended limit of five minutes was placed on the length of comments cardinals could make, resulting in 18 different talks during the three-hour gathering.

Thus far, cardinals from all over the world have made 51 talks during the course of the...READ MORE

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