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A Non-European Pope Might Lead an Increasingly Global Church (4731)

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 (6157)

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 (4358)

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 (5377)

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 (3048)

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.

The action in Rome shifted March 10 from the...READ MORE

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Benedict Praised for Holy Saturday Broadcast of Shroud (7239)

The March 30 broadcast will be only the second time the cloth, venerated as the burial garment of Jesus, has been aired on television.

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Image visible on a photographic negative of the Shroud of Turin.

– Photo by Giuseppe Enrie, 1931/Wikipedia

DENVER — Benedict XVI's decision to allow a TV broadcast of the Shroud of Turin on March 30, Holy Saturday, has been lauded by experts for highlighting the link between the shroud and the death of Christ.

“Pope Benedict XVI, when he visited the shroud on pilgrimage in 2010, spoke about the shroud in terms of Holy Saturday,” John Jackson, co-founder of the Turin Shroud Center of Colorado, told Catholic News Agency March 7.

“From that vantage point, that all his remarks were made relative to Holy Saturday, it is fitting that the broadcast happens on Holy Saturday.”

The shroud is venerated as the burial cloth of Christ and bears a mysterious image of a man who suffered in a manner...READ MORE

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Phoenix Human-Relations Ordinance Causes Catholic Concern (3873)

Diocese fears recent revisions will compromise religious freedom by forcing acceptance of homosexual behavior.

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PHOENIX — The constitutional right to religious freedom is increasingly colliding with federal, state and local laws and ordinances that accommodate sexual minorities who claim a vague but wide-reaching right to be treated with dignity or to be made “welcome.”

One of the most recent expressions of this clash of rights occurred Feb. 26, when the Phoenix City Council expanded its human-rights code to protect homosexuals and transgendered people from discrimination in the workplace and when renting accommodations.

Christian critics, including the Diocese of Phoenix, fear the code can be used to force churches and private businesses to hire homosexuals, to let transsexuals use either the...READ MORE

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What the Lord Means About the "Gates of Hell Will Not Prevail", Playing God and Much More! (3289)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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What the Lord Means about the “Gates of Hell Will Not Prevail”. Follow the link by Msgr. Charles Pope to read more.

What the Lord Means about the “Gates of Hell Will Not Prevail” by Msgr. Charles Pope - Big Pulpit

Playing God Without the Wisdom of God – George Neumayr, Crisis Magazine

The Seven Pilgrim Churches Of Rome - Zephyrinus

Avoiding Stagnation in the Spiritual Life – Rob. Waruszewski, Ignitum Today

Evangelical Catholicism and Being an Ambassador for Christ – Francis J. Beckwith, The Catholic Thing

Does the Bible Condone Abortion? – JoAnna Wahlund, Catholic Stand

The Path By Which You Should Go – Kaiserswest

Our Lady of the Sackcloth – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Recognizing Population Control in Ethiopia – Fr. Peter West, Catholic Lane

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