Papal Conclave

August 9, 2013

Before Pope Francisʼ Election, Conclave Warned of Europeʼs Dying Faith

Cardinal Prospero Grech told cardinals the conclave was both a ‘strong moment of grace’ and ‘the maximum responsibility.’

March 13, 2013

Vatican Details How New Smoke Signals Are Produced

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

March 13, 2013

Businessmen Join in Spiritual Bouquet for Cardinal Electors

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

March 12, 2013

Thousands Sign Up for Pope Election Text Message

Pope Alarm will alert members when white smoke appears from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel.

March 12, 2013

Cardinal Sodano Prays for a Pope Generous in Charity

A possible first vote for the new pope could take place this evening, Rome time.

March 11, 2013

Day Before Conclave, No Clear Favorite Stands Out

NEWS ANALYSIS: Some fear a long conclave, since each cardinal has approximately the same odds of becoming pope.

March 8, 2013

As Conclave Nears, Media Play a Role

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

March 8, 2013

Conclave Date to Be Announced After 7pm Rome Time

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

March 7, 2013

Profile of Future Pope Begins to Take Shape

The New Evangelization is one of the principal themes discussed in the pre-conclave meetings.

March 4, 2013

Some Cardinals Hope for Quick Conclave

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

February 28, 2013

Cardinal Wuerl Describes Spiritual Experience of Conclave

The archbishop of Washington asks the Church to pray and ask God to send the Holy Spirit on the cardinals during the conclave.