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Cardinal Scherer: A Strong Candidate From the Developing World (3223)

Personable and fluent in several major languages, the Brazilian cardinal has many of the qualities regarded as desirable for a future pope.

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– CNA/Stephen Driscoll

VATICAN CITY — If the cardinal electors were to choose a pope from the developing world, one of the strongest candidates is Brazilian Cardinal Odilo Scherer.

As archbishop of São Paolo, one of the most complex and challenging dioceses in the world, with more than 20 million souls, Cardinal Scherer appears, on paper at least, to have all the main qualities needed to be the next pope.

Faithful to tradition but pragmatic, Cardinal Scherer is robustly pro-life, reputed to be a firm decision-maker, and, as a Brazilian with German ancestry, he bridges the gap between Europe and the developing world. At 63, many believe he is the ideal age to become pope.

Born on Sept. 21, 1949 — the...READ MORE

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Dynamics of Conclaves 2005 and 2013 Very Different (3517)


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– Catholic News Agency

ROME — Despite an enormous amount of media chaff throughout April 2005, it was clear to those with eyes to see that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was the obvious, leading candidate to succeed John Paul II. There is no such clear front-runner in 2013, although even more journalistic chaff is being vented into the atmosphere, primarily from Italian media sources whose ability to distinguish fact from fiction is not overly well-developed and who like to play Machiavellian games with this candidate and that.

Why no front-runner? As the general congregations of cardinals began on March 4, no cardinal had anything resembling the stature and authority of Cardinal Ratzinger in 2005; that's...READ MORE

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A Ritual Church, at Conclaves and All Other Times (1934)

Book Pick: ‘Church Visible,’ in new and old editions, provides the meaning behind the ceremonious life of the Church that’s currently on prominent display in Rome.

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The Church Visible:

The Ceremonial Life and Protocol of the Roman Catholic Church [Hardcover]

By James-Charles Noonan Jr.

Sterling Ethos, 2012

512 pages, $23

To order: amazon.com


In the last month, with the abdication of Pope Benedict, the sede vacante (empty chair of Peter), the gathering of the cardinals in Rome and now the conclave in session, the ceremonial life of the Catholic Church has held the attention of the world. The protocols, the rituals, the symbols each have ancient, and sometimes not so ancient, meaning.

The Church Visible: The Ceremonial Life and Protocol of the Catholic Church by James-Charles Noonan Jr. (first edition), published in 1996 by Viking,...READ MORE

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Understanding Awaits Those Who Turn to the Lord (2721)

COMMENTARY: Part of a Register series on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

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Detail of ‘Supper at Emmaus’ by Caravaggio

– Wikipedia

During Jesus’ earthly ministry, he often had a hard time being understood. The Gospels record numerous moments in which he made cryptic remarks that either made no sense to his hearers or, worse, were completely misunderstood at the time he made them.

“Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:19) was taken by his enemies as some sort of terrorist threat and, in garbled form, used as evidence against him at his trial (“We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another not made with hands’” (Mark 14:58).

Jesus told parables that were not understood and often scandalized even those who loved him. Even...READ MORE

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No Pope After Third Round of Voting (2864)

Black smoke this morning signals two more rounds of voting without a final result.

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Catholic News Agency/Jeffrey Bruno

Dark smoke wafts this morning from the Sistine Chapel chimney.

– Catholic News Agency/Jeffrey Bruno

VATICAN CITY — At 11:38am local time on March 13, black smoke rose from the Sistine Chapel’s chimney, indicating that the cardinals gathered at the Vatican have not yet reached an agreement on the next pope.

Voting began on the evening of March 12, yielding an initial inconclusive vote marked by black smoke at 7:43pm local time.

Two more rounds of voting will be held in the afternoon, with a smoke signal expected between 7 and 8pm Rome time.

As a general rule, four rounds of voting and two smoke signals will take place each day until a pope is chosen. The exception to that rule occurs when a pope is selected on either the morning or the afternoon’s first ballot. In that case, the...READ MORE

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Vatican Details How New Smoke Signals Are Produced (2848)

Vatican has sought the help of ‘modern chemistry’ to produce more easily distinguishable shades of smoke.

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VATICAN CITY — Varying chemical compounds have replaced wet straw and pitch to produce the Vatican smoke signal that is used to communicate the result of conclave voting sessions.

Father Thomas Rosica, assistant to the Vatican Press Office director, explained that, since 2005, the Vatican has used chemical compounds to better communicate the result of the conclave.

“For a Church that has made much progress in the area of modern communications, computer technology, Internet and Twitter, the conclave still relies on smoke signals to let the world know of its results,” he said.

In the past, wet straw was used to create the white smoke, while pitch — a tar-like substance — was used to...READ MORE

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Businessmen Join in Spiritual Bouquet for Cardinal Electors (2070)

Spiritual bouquets are prayers and penances that one offers for someone else.

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DENVER — The Catholic Business Journal is encouraging its readers, radio audience and online subscribers to join in a spiritual bouquet to pray for the cardinal electors as they gather to choose the next pope.

“We take action with our vibrant prayers, for the cardinals themselves and for the Church,” said Karen Walker, founder of Catholic Business Journal, an online business platform for networking, faith building and the exchange of ideas.

The spiritual bouquet, which will be presented to the next pope after his election, is being organized by Catholic Action for Faith and Family, a group that works to defend Catholic teaching.

“Now is a time for great prayer,” said Dick Lyles,...READ MORE

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Why is Seafood Allowed on Fridays in Lent, The Prodigal Son and Divine Sonship and Much More! (3204)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Why is Seafood Allowed on Fridays in Lent. Follow the link by Taylor Marshall PhD of the Canterbury Tales blog to read more.

Why is Seafood Allowed on Fridays in Lent by Taylor Marshall PhD of the Canterbury Tales blog - Big Pulpit

What the Prodigal Son Tells Us About Divine Sonship – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Can (Should) the Pope Influence the Election? – Jacob Tawney, The American Catholic

Ten Steps to the Gradual – Kathleen Pluth, The Chant Café

Letter to Parents About Baptism – Chelsea Houghton, Catholic Stand

On State Culpability for Social Problems – Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine

Growing in Love for the Church – Cristina Montes, Ignitum Today

Why I am “Anti-Abortion” – Kristan Hawkins, Truth and Charity Forum

The Riot That Never Was – Karl Keating JD, Catholic Answers

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