Monthly Archives: March 2013

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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Challenging the myth of Catholic ‘decline’

There can be few clichés that have marked commentary on Pope Benedict’s resignation and the coming conclave quite so much as observations that the Catholic Church is in decline, and that Benedict XVI’s successor will preside over a continually shrinking … Continue reading

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