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Some Cardinals Hope for Quick Conclave (4623)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Electors arrive in Rome to elect a successor to Benedict XVI.

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan (l), archbishop of New York, and Cardinal Justin Rigali, archbishop emeritus of Philadelphia, arrive at the Paul VI hall March 4 for the opening of the cardinals' congregations.

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VATICAN CITY — While the cardinals appointed by Benedict XVI arrive in Rome and get acquainted with the pre-conclave operations, cardinals from the "old establishment" are pushing for a quick conclave.

An anonymous cardinal — which is how this type of pressure is usually applied — told the Italian press agency AGI that his “dream is that the Church will have a new pope within this week” and that “this is possible if the congregation set this Thursday, the 7th, as the date for the conclave, and the conclave elects the new pope by Friday, the 8th.”

This is almost impossible, since the Sistine Chapel must still be prepared for the conclave and has not been closed to visitors yet.


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‘Church Changing Big Time,’ Says Cardinal Dolan (5831)

N.Y. cardinal said the Mass helps Catholics understand the nature of the papacy.

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Cardinal Dolan presides at Mass at the catacombs in St. Peter's Basilica.


VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Timothy Dolan discussed change in the Church within the context of the Mass..

“The Church is in the business of change, big time,” Cardinal  Dolan, archbishop of New York, said at St. Peter’s Basilica during a Mass he celebrated for U.S. journalists.

He said that many in the media had been asking him if he believed the new pontiff would make changes within the Church.

“Jesus calls us first and foremost not to change structures, but to let God change us inside,” he said at the basilica’s catacombs in the Hungarian Chapel.

The 63-year-old cardinal said he himself needs the changes of “conversion, repentance and spiritual renewal” to better reflect “the heart...READ MORE

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A Bishop Acting Like a Bishop, The Structure of Love, Assault On Faith in the Workplace and More! (3301)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/04/2013 Comment

A Bishop Acting Like a Bishop? Follow the link by Hector Molina of the Catholic Answers blog to read more.

A Bishop Acting Like a Bishop? by Hector Molina of the Catholic Answers blog - Big Pulpit

The Structure of Love – Kevin O’Brien, Waiting for Godot to Leave

The Assault On Faith In The Workplace – LarryD, Catholic Stand

Homeschooling Methods 101 – Catholic Sistas

‘Catholic’ De Paul Univ. Knows Who the Real Enemy Is – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The Pope Who was Actually a Bear – Charlie McKinney, Crisis Magazine

Forsake Not the Discipline – Anthony Lilles, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Fish, But No Chips Please – Fr. Basil Cole OP, Truth and Charity Forum

You Were Not Made for Comfort – Chelsea Houghton, Ignitum Today

Book Sale: Medieval English, Celtic,...READ MORE

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My Brother, Cardinal Dolan (17470)

Bob Dolan Gives Insight Into the Archbishop of New York

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In 2012, Time magazine placed a cardinal of the Catholic Church on its list of “100 Most Influential People in the World.”

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, had emerged as the voice of conscience rights against health-care legislation that would force Catholic organizations to pay for employees’ contraception.

Currently serving as archbishop of New York, he will vote in the upcoming conclave to elect our next pope. His name is even being mentioned as papabile, meaning he is a likely candidate for pope.

For a personal insight into the man, his brother, Bob Dolan, a media professional for more than 30 years, offers a new book, Life...READ MORE

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The Tweet of St. Peter Is Now Vacant (5548)

In the wake of the departure of Benedict XVI, the Vatican’s online presence becomes 'twede vacante.'

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VATICAN CITY — The Twitter of St. Peter is now empty. Within the hour of Benedict’s historic resignation taking effect, the papal Twitter account was emptied of Benedict’s tweets and officially renamed “Sede Vacante.”

A search for @Pontifex, the papal Twitter handle created by Pope Benedict XVI, reads “Sede Vacante” in all versions: English, Spanish, Latin, German, French, Portuguese, Italian, Polish and Arabic.

The Pope’s combined 3.03 million followers no longer see the picture of the smiling Benedict XVI waving his arm in greeting against the backdrop of a bright blue sky. The image is now replaced with the Vatican crest featuring the keys of St. Peter against a yellow backdrop.


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His Awesomeness, Bp. Rob. Vasa; The Catholic Gentleman: Chess; Dawkins: Bigot and Coward; and More! (4605)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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His Awesomeness, Bishop Robert Vasa. Follow the link by Jeffrey Miller of The Curt Jester blog to read more.

His Awesomeness, Bishop Vasa by Jeffrey Miller of The Curt Jester blog - Big Pulpit

The Catholic Gentleman: Chess – Michael, Whiskey Catholic

Richard Dawkins: Bigot and Coward – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The Goodness of Godparents – Katy Holland, Fide Et Literis

Checkmate on “Choice” – Leah Jacobson, Ignitum Today

The ‘Martyr’ Who Will Never be Silenced – Nasir Saeed, Catholic Herald

What Happens to Benedict and His Cat Now? – Taylor Marshall PhD, Canterbury Tales

Pre-Conclave Updates - Big Pulpit

With No Pope, What Can Priests Say in the Eucharistic Prayer? – Fr. Z’s Blog

You are Not Perishable, Live Accordingly – Julie Rodrigues, Catholic Stand


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Three American Cardinals Discuss Their Part in the Upcoming Conclave (12867)

What will go into their discussions with their fellow electors, and who do they think can shepherd the Church following Pope Benedict XVI?

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Cardinal Francis George (c, middle row) and Cardinal George Pell of Sydney, Australia (r), at the 2005 conclave during the daily general congregations at the Vatican. The conclave would later elect Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger pope.

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VATICAN CITY —Three U.S. cardinals frankly discussed the upcoming papal conclave, and in particular how they are going about selecting a candidate to be the successor to Pope Benedict XVI.

At a Feb. 28 press conference at the Pontifical North American College, Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago and Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston discussed the qualities needed in a new pope and what the effect of the papal resignation might have on who they ultimately choose.

Of the three cardinals, only Cardinal George has taken part in a conclave before.

Below is a summary of their responses to questions asking how they are approaching the conclave...READ MORE

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Apostolicas Sedes Vacans, Spanish Bishops Disagree With German Bishops on Plan B and Much More! (3818)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/01/2013 Comment

Apostolica Sedes Vacans. . . Follow the link via Fr. Z’s Blog to read more.

Apostolica Sedes Vacans. . . via Fr. Z’s Blog - Big Pulpit

Spain: Bishops Show Error in German Pro-Abort Decision – New Catholic, Rorate Cæli

Prudential Leadership – Jared Tomanek, Catholic Stand

Catholicism Offers the U. S. a Vision of the Good Life - James Kalb JD, Crisis Magazine

Natural Law is neither Useless nor Dangerous – R. J. Snell PhD

Farewell to Pope Benedict XVI – Mariella Hunt, Ignitum Today

Playing the Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Card – Mark Ziegler, Patheos/Get Religion

Pope Benedict XVI the History of Papal Resignations – Andrew Jones, Logos/Verbum Blog

A New Dawn for St. Peter’s Polyphony? – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Becoming Saints! – Matt Fradd,...READ MORE

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