Monthly Archives: March 2013

Pope Francis: how the quiet man fooled an army of pundits

[From Austen Ivereigh in Rome] In the days since the thrilling election of Pope Francis, the story of how he came to be elected – and why it was not predicted by most Vatican-watchers – can now be told with … Continue reading

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How the conclave makes the pope — and why we should rejoice

The time for discussions – often intense – over the needs of the Church and the times is over. Now the cardinals enter the conclave to choose who, among them, should take the helm. Putting together information shared with journalists … Continue reading

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The new evangelisation: building bridges with a clear offer

Ask almost any cardinal what the priorities are for the next pope, and he’ll likely include the “new evangelisation” in his list. The term is a little bewildering for many journalists covering the conclave; John Allen here provides a useful … Continue reading

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Conclave 2013: the timetable

As  a result of a near-unanimous vote in yesterday’s General Congregation, the College of Cardinals have agreed to begin the conclave to elect a new pope on Tuesday. This is the timetable. On Tuesday morning, at 7am, the 115 cardinal … Continue reading

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The reforms the cardinals are in fact discussing

Because the daily pre-conclave meetings of cardinals in the Vatican’s Synod Hall are confidential, and the cardinals have largely stopped speaking to the press to give themselves privacy for reflection in advance of Tuesday’s conclave, it is hard to work … Continue reading

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The cardinals have decided not to speak. They have not been ‘muzzled’

Shortly before yesterday’s daily 1pm briefing by the Vatican’s spokesman, Fr Federico Lombardi, the US bishops’ spokesperson cancelled a 2.30pm press conference at the American seminary in Rome, the North-American College (NAC). Asked why, Fr Lombardi said the College of … Continue reading

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What the cardinals are looking for in the next pope

(CV Director Austen Ivereigh is in Rome, from where he sends the first of regular updates and background briefings on the papal transition.) As the last cardinal-electors arrive in Rome, and the workmen move into the Sistine Chapel to get … Continue reading

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