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Conclave: Papal Job Description, Smokestacks and More

Vatican Radio (03-12-2013) - Senior Fellow at Georgetown University’s Woodstock Theological Center, Fr. Thomas Reese, SJ says the Cardinals may have a tough task trying to elect a new Pope in the conclave that begins Tuesday in the Vatican. In the run-up to the conclave, Tracey McClure asked him to share his thoughts on some of the aspects of the conclave and, to offer a job description for the next pope!


Conclave will begin on March 12th

Vatican Radio (03.08.2013) - The eighth General Congregation of the College of Cardinals meeting in the Vatican Synod Hall Friday has decided that the Conclave for the election of the Pope will begin on Tuesday, 12 March 2013.



Curious about the papal transition? This Q&A includes a glossary of related terms.

The Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI: A Retrospective

Marks of his Papacy

Pope Benedict XVI’s papacy testifies to a churchman of scholarship and pastoral sensitivity.


'Motu Proprio' Apostolic Letter Regarding the Election of the Roman Pontiff

“With the Apostolic Letter 'De aliquibus mutationibus in normis de electione Romani Ponteficis' given as a Motu Proprio in Rome on 11 June 2007 in the third year of my pontificate, I established some norms that, rescinding those prescribed in no. 75 of the Apostolic Constitution 'Universi Dominici Gregis' promulgated by my predecessor Blessed John Paul II, have re-established the regulation, sanctioned by tradition, according to which a two thirds majority of the votes of the Cardinal electors present is always required for the valid election of the Roman Pontiff.”


Lombardi editorial: After the resignation

2013-02-16 Vatican Radio

Pope Benedict’s decision to renounce the papacy has shocked the world. For most people, inside and outside of the Church and the Vatican, it was an unexpected and remarkable event. We are all deeply touched, and are still trying to understand the import and significance of the Pope’s action.


Preparing for Lent

Our observance of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, which falls on February 13 this year, and is a a day of fast and abstinence for Catholics.  At Mass on Ash Wednesday, the imposition of ashes replicates an ancient penitential practice and symbolizes our dependence upon God's mercy and forgiveness.


Pope's Message for Communications Day 2013

Social Networks: portals of truth and faith; new spaces for evangelization

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

As the 2013 World Communications Day draws near, I would like to offer you some reflections on an increasingly important reality regarding the way in which people today communicate among themselves. I wish to consider the development of digital social networks which are helping to create a new "agora", an open public square in which people share ideas, information and opinions, and in which new relationships and forms of community can come into being.


International Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (January 18-25)

For more than 100 years, Christians around the world have taken part in an octave of prayer for visible Christian unity from January 18 - 25. By annually observing the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU), Christians move toward the fulfillment of Jesus' prayer at the Last Supper "that they all may be one."


National Migration Week 2013 To Be Celebrated January 6-12

January 2, 2013

We Are Strangers No Longer: Our Journey of Hope Continues; Will launch postcard campaign for comprehensive immigration reform; USCCB Committee invites Catholics to support efforts through prayer, action

WASHINGTON—National Migration Week will be observed in dioceses around the country January 6-12. This year’s theme, “We are Strangers No Longer: Our Journey of Hope Continues,” includes a postcard campaign that calls for comprehensive immigration reform.

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