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Cardinals Select Tuesday, March 12, for Conclave (2877)

After celebrating Mass that morning in St. Peter’s Basilica, they will enter the conclave in the afternoon.

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VATICAN CITY — After five days of meetings, the College of Cardinals has voted to hold a conclave to elect the next pope on Tuesday, March 12.

“The eighth general congregation of the College of Cardinals has decided that the conclave will begin on Tuesday, March 12, 2013,” Father Federico Lombardi said at 5:36pm Rome time today.

The cardinals will celebrate a pro eligendo Romano Pontifice Mass in St. Peter's Basilica in the morning, and “in the afternoon the cardinals will enter into the conclave,” Father Lombardi confirmed.

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As Conclave Nears, Media Play a Role (3515)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Leaking confidential Vatican information has a way of influencing the conclave and the life of the Church.

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Cardinals pray during their second general meeting on March 4, 2013 in the Vatican's New Synod Hall.

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ROME — The recent media silence of the cardinals resulted in an anonymous interview to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica in which a source claimed there is “a lobby” of leakers.

That group is composed of people “coming from the State Secretariat, the Vatican city state administration, the APSA (a sort of Vatican Central Bank) and the Italian Bishops’ Conference,” the unnamed source said.

“The problem is not the kind of news, but that such confidential news broke out,” said a Vatican Secretariat of State official who spoke to EWTN News under the condition of anonymity.

The question that lingers on the minds of many is: Why have the leaks resumed?

While press attention has focused...READ MORE

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Conclave Date to Be Announced After 7pm Rome Time (2049)

All voting cardinals are present in Rome and are expected to decide the conclave’s start date.

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Father Federico Lombardi announces that the conclave date will be known after 7pm.

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– Father Federico Lombardi announces that the conclave date will be known after 7pm.

VATICAN CITY — The day when the cardinals begin to vote for the next pope will be announced after 7pm local time.

“The result of the voting of when the conclave will take place will be announced after the cardinals’ afternoon meeting at 7pm,” said the Holy See Press Office director, Father Federico Lombardi.

“The conclave will not be tomorrow or Sunday, but it could be sometime early next week,” said Father Lombardi.

He added that the cardinals will meet in a session tomorrow morning, but not in the afternoon. On Sunday, many of the cardinals will celebrate Mass in their titular churches.

The last cardinal who will take part in the preliminary meetings and the conclave arrived in...READ MORE

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Archbishop Chaput to Consolidate Philadelphia Seminary (4078)

The consolidation plan will ensure the future viability and sustainability of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.

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PHILADELPHIA — Archbishop Charles Chaput has announced his plan to consolidate St. Charles Borromeo Seminary’s operations, as part of his ongoing reform of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

“St. Charles Borromeo Seminary is the heart of our Church in Philadelphia, and we remain dedicated to not only maintaining its presence in our community, but strengthening it for many generations to come,” said Archbishop Chaput, the head of the Church in Philadelphia.

“Our commitment to providing the best possible program of priestly formation for the benefit of our seminarians and the people they will one day serve is unwavering.”

He added that the consolidation plan “will ensure the future...READ MORE

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Bishop Sample: ‘Transformed by the Liturgy, Transforming the Culture’ (8995)

Known for opposing the contraception mandate and being vocal in the public square, Portland’s new shepherd believes in evangelizing through the proper celebration of Mass.

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Archbishop-designate Alexander Sample

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Currently serving the Diocese of Marquette, Mich., Bishop Alexander Sample will take up his new post as archbishop of Portland, Ore., on April 2, Easter Tuesday. 

The Archdiocese of Portland encompasses 124 parishes and 22 missions. Geographically, it extends from the Columbia River to the California border and eastward to the Cascade Range, ministering to more than 400,000 people. 

Archbishop-designate Sample has shown himself to be willing to publicly defend the Church: He joined his brother bishops in criticizing the Health and Human Services’ mandate and said in January that he was willing to go to jail in protest against it to defend religious liberty. In 2009, he decried the...READ MORE

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Orthodoxy Rises, Clericalism Declines Among Young Catholics; Musica Sacra and Much More! (4679)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Orthodoxy Rises, Clericalism Declines Among Young Catholics. Follow the link by Matthew Schmitz to read more.

Orthodoxy Rises, Clericalism Declines Among Young Catholics by Matthew Schmitz - Big Pulpit

Seven Reasons to Go to Weekly Confession During Lent – Taylor Marshall PhD, Canterbury Tales

Musica Sacra Saint Louis, Missouri – Arlene Oost-Zinner, The Chant Café

Films While Waiting for the White Smoke – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Praying (and Living) in an Honest Way – J. Andrew, Prayer of St. Ephrem

What Liturgy Means to Me – Sean Connolly, Ignitum Today

Baghdad: New Chaldean Patriarch Enthroned Under Heavy Security – Catholic Culture/Catholic World News

Capitalism and The Common Good – Bonchamps, Catholic Stand

New Atheism is Dead – Ed West, Catholic Herald


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Bishop Vasa Stands Up for Catholic Identity in Santa Rosa’s Diocesan Schools (8955)

Catholics applaud as the California bishop mandates that teachers affirm they accept Church teachings in their personal and professional lives.

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SANTA ROSA, Calif. — School teachers and administrators are not expecting some sort of “Spanish Inquisition” in the Diocese of Santa Rosa, Calif., even though the diocese is the epicenter of a media-generated local furor surrounding Bishop Robert Vasa’s decision to mandate that Catholic educators live the Ten Commandments and reject “modern errors” on life and family in their personal and professional lives.

“I think it‘s a little overblown, in some ways,” said principal Graham Rutherford of Cardinal Newman High School. “The bishop said he wanted to clarify his expectations. ... He never said we‘ve been doing things wrong here.”

And, in fact, Bishop Vasa told the Register there has...READ MORE

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The Path Toward the Conclave (4165)

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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