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Conclave Date to Be Announced After 7pm Rome Time (2108)

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 (4202)

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’ (9182)

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! (4723)

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 (9568)

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 (4225)

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 (4040)

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 (2186)

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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