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  • Cardinal Elector Profiles - Juan Sandoval to Edmund Szoka

    04/16/2005 4:51:41 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 398+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | April 15, 2005
    Juan Sandoval to Edmund Szoka VATICAN CITY, APRIL 15, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Here is another installment of biographical sketches of the cardinals who are eligible to have a role in electing the next pope. This list omits Cardinals Jaime Sin and Adolfo Suárez Rivera, who will not participate in the conclave for health reasons. * * * Juan Sandoval Íñiguez, 72 Archbishop of Guadalajara, Mexico Juan Sandoval Íñiguez was born on March 28, 1933, in the state of Jalisco, Mexico, to a family of 12. He entered the seminary in Guadalajara in 1945. He was sent to Rome in 1952 to...
  • Italians Feel They Need the Next Papacy as Theirs

    04/16/2005 3:45:05 AM PDT · by infocats · 50 replies · 1,005+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 16, 2005 | Jason Horowitz
    VATICAN CITY, April 15 - For 455 years, the papacy passed uninterrupted from one Italian to another until the election of the Polish pope, John Paul II. Now, after 26 years, many Italians think it is time to get back in office - for fear that changes in the Roman Catholic Church may close the door on them for good. As 115 cardinals from 52 countries prepare to enter a conclave on Monday to select the next pope, some Vatican historians believe that the election of another foreigner will conclude a historic shift of power away from Italy. According to...
  • Lots of Journalists, Little News - Cardinals' Silence Leaves Media Frustrated

    04/16/2005 4:06:48 AM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies · 854+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | April 15, 2005
    ROME, APRIL 15, 2005 (Zenit.org).- The 6,000 journalists, photographers and television cameramen who arrived in Rome to follow John Paul II's funeral and the start of the conclave, are all looking for the same thing: news. The enormous interest the world has to know how the cardinals are preparing for the election of the new pope is running up against the tight control of information on the part of the Vatican. Correspondents and special envoys walk up and down the two halls of the Vatican press office and around St. Peter's Square looking for something, anything. The cardinals are obliged...
  • What a Catholic Should Expect From the Conclave

    04/16/2005 3:45:35 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 362+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | April 15, 2005
    Interview With Belgian Bishop André-Mutien Léonard BRUSSELS, Belgium, APRIL 15, 2005 (Zenit.org).- The legacy of John Paul II is not something to look back upon, but to use as a guide and inspiration for the future, says the bishop of Namur, Belgium. Bishop André-Mutien Léonard, philosophy professor the Catholic University of Leuven and member of the International Theological Commission, reflects in this interview with ZENIT on the person of John Paul II, and what expectations Catholics should have now with respect to the conclave. The bishop has dedicated most of his ministry to young people, and in 1999, he was...
  • Vatican staff pledge silence (in preparation for Conclave)

    04/15/2005 4:19:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 447+ views
    The Weekend Australian ^ | April 16, 2005
    VATICAN staff and clergy involved in the secret election of the next pope swore an oath today not to divulge any information on the proceedings. They swore and signed the oath in the Vatican's Hall of Benedictions in front of Cardinal Eduardo Martinez Somalo, who is in charge of the Church during the papal interregnum, and two other clerics. Under conclave rules established by the late Pope John Paul II in 1996, all clergy and lay people involved in auxiliary capacities during the conclave must sign the oath. They include doctors and nurses, technicians, kitchen and cleaning staff, confessors and...
  • African Catholic Church Growing Rapidly

    04/15/2005 8:39:38 AM PDT · by spetznaz · 27 replies · 2,489+ views
    Yahoo ^ | April 15, 2005 | TERRY LEONARD
    SOWETO, South Africa - Mass is so crowded at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church that the parishioners spill out into the courtyard, where they huddle close to the doors to hear and be heard. Worship here is participatory and joyous, not a staid moral duty performed amid pomp and ritual beneath the stained glass of one of Europe's cavernous and magnificent cathedrals. The Catholic Church seems young, active and relevant, growing at a rate so explosive — with nearly 140 million Roman Catholics in Africa — that it's a vital part of today's Christian expansion. The next pope will inherit...
  • Workers attach chimney pipe to Sistine Chapel as Cardinals prepare for Monday Conclave

    04/15/2005 6:21:11 AM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies · 3,796+ views
    AP Wire (direct feed) | April 15, 2005 | Nicole Winfield
    VATICAN CITY (AP) _ Workers scaled the roof of the Sistine Chapel on Friday and attached the chimney pipe that will bellow white smoke to alert the world that a new pope has been elected, as the Vatican made final preparations for next week's conclave. Attached by a safety clip and cable, a worker climbed down the tiled roof and uncapped a small top that had covered the chimney. He replaced it with a tall, thin pipe fed to him by another man in dress pants and a tie who was standing in an opening in the chapel's sloped roof....
  • Cardinal Elector Profiles - Rodolfo Quezada Toruño to Camillo Ruini

    04/15/2005 6:04:46 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies · 434+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | April 14, 2005
    VATICAN CITY, APRIL 14, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Here is another installment of biographical sketches of the cardinals who are eligible to have a role in electing the next pope. * * * Rodolfo Quezada Toruño, 73 Archbishop of Guatemala Rodolfo Quezada Toruño was born March 8, 1932, in Guatemala City, Guatemala. He was ordained a priest Sept. 21, 1956, and holds a doctorate in canon law. He has served as a parochial vicar and as a university chaplain as well as vice chancellor of the Archdiocese of Guatemala. He was the first rector of the National Major Seminary of the Assumption...
  • Progressives, Moderates, Neocons: Notes Before the Conclave

    04/14/2005 3:29:43 PM PDT · by DBeers · 32 replies · 761+ views
    Chiesa ^ | April 14, 2005 | Sandro Magister
    Progressives, Moderates, Neocons: Notes Before the Conclave On one side, Ratzinger, Ruini, Bergoglio, Scola with their proposal for a new "Papal Revolution." On the other side, the list of their opponents, with Tettamanzi as the man for all seasons ROMA, April 14, 2005 – On Tuesday, April 19, the first full day of the conclave which will elect the new pope, the feast in the calendar of the Roman Church is that of Saint Leo IX. He was pope between 1049 and 1054. He was a standard bearer of the great "Papal Revolution" which, at the beginning of the...
  • In Neb., Heartland of Orthodoxy

    04/14/2005 10:02:43 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 36 replies · 596+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 4/14/05 | Brian MacQuarrie
    Conservatism rules Lincoln CatholicsLINCOLN, Neb. -- Many liberal Catholics hope the new pope will make changes in the centuries-old teachings of the Roman Catholic Church to fit the modern world, but not the faithful here in one of the most conservative dioceses in the country. ''The church shouldn't adapt to society changing; the church should stay as a rock," said Richard Danek, 51, a real estate appraiser who lives near Lincoln, an hour's drive southwest of Omaha. ''If the church adapts, then at what point do we stop adapting?" ''The Catholic Church is conservative. That's it. Period," said Katie Reese,...
  • Cardinal Elector Profiles - Miguel Obando Bravo to Vinko Puljic

    04/14/2005 5:49:04 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 396+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | April 13, 2005
    VATICAN CITY, APRIL 13, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Here is another installment of biographical sketches of the cardinals who are eligible to have a role in electing the next pope. * * * Miguel Obando Bravo, 79 Archbishop of Managua, Nicaragua Miguel Obando Bravo was born Feb. 2, 1926, in La Libertad, Nicaragua. After having attended the Salesian College of Granada he obtained a baccalaureate in Latin and Greek. In San Salvador he received a doctorate in mathematics, physics and philosophy. After entering the Salesians he studied theology in Guatemala and thereafter vocational psychology in Colombia, Venezuela and Rome. He was ordained...
  • Cardinals split over choice for new Pope

    04/13/2005 11:50:03 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 56 replies · 2,971+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | April 14, 2005 | Jonathan Petre
    A battle for the soul of Catholicism was unfolding in the Vatican yesterday as progressive cardinals struggled to head off a conservative victory in next week's conclave.Two main groups have emerged from within the 115 cardinals eligible to vote for the successor to Pope John Paul II when they meet under "lock and key" in the Sistine Chapel on Monday. The first group, referred to by some cardinals as the integristi - the integrators or conservatives - is falling in behind Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. Sources say that there is little doubt that the Bavarian-born Cardinal has the early momentum and...
  • NOVENDIALES - Day 6 - Wednesday 13 April. For the Roman Curia.

    04/13/2005 10:25:56 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 301+ views
    EWTN & Yahoo News ^ | April 13, 2005
    Principal Celebrant: Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, substitute for General Affairs of the Secretariat of State.  
  • Ratzinger Ahead in Pope Politicking, Issues Book (Other German Cardinals Against Him)

    04/13/2005 6:58:38 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 118 replies · 2,394+ views
    Yahoo! News (Reuters ^ | 4/13/2005 | Tom Heneghan
    Ratzinger Ahead in Pope Politicking, Issues Book By Tom Heneghan VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Conservative Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger has gained strong support among Roman Catholic cardinals seeking a successor to Pope John Paul but many of them are still undecided, a Church official said on Wednesday. The German theologian, the Vatican's doctrinal watchdog for 23 years, is the frontrunner for now while moderates were considering a symbolic candidacy for Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, the former archbishop of Milan, the official said. But this was only the line-up for the first round of voting, often a formality gauging strengths of different...
  • Cardinal Elector Profiles - Eduardo Martínez Somalo to Attilio Nicora

    04/13/2005 2:30:09 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies · 350+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | April 12, 2005
    VATICAN CITY, APRIL 11, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Here is another installment of biographical sketches of the cardinals who are eligible to have a role in electing the next pope. * * * Eduardo Martínez Somalo, 78 Chamberlain of the Holy Roman Church Eduardo Martínez Somalo has been one of the closest aides of John Paul II during his ministry as Supreme Pontiff. He was born March 31, 1927, in Baños de Rio Tobia, Spain. He studied in Rome at the Spanish College and at the Gregorian University, obtaining a licentiate in theology and in canon law. Ordained a priest in March...
  • NOVENDIALES - Day 3 - Sunday 10 April. For the Church of Rome.

    04/12/2005 1:35:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies · 169+ views
    EWTN & Yahoo News ^ | April 12, 2005
    Cardinal Camillo Ruini, vicar general for the diocese of Rome, and concelebrated by the clergy of Rome. Italian Cardinal Camillo Ruini presides over a mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.(AFP/Thomas Coex) Priests take part in Sunday Mass at St Peter's Basilica in Vatican City April 10, 2005. Rome's Cardinal Camillo Ruini tried on Sunday to quell mounting speculation about who will succeed Pope John Paul, urging people to contain their curiosity and let God do his work. REUTERS/Kimimasa Mayama * * * * * PHOTO GALLERY
  • NOVENDIALES - Day 4 - Monday 11 April. For the Chapters of the Patriarchal Basilicas.

    04/12/2005 1:27:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 201+ views
    EWTN & Yahoo News ^ | April 12, 2005
    Cardinal Bernard Francis Law, archpriest of the Patriarchal Basilica of St. Mary Major. U.S. Cardinal Bernard Law (L) gives the host to a young priest during a Mass in the Vatican's St. Peter's Basilica April 11, 2005. U.S. victims of child abuse by priests said on Monday the Catholic Church was 'rubbing salt in an open wound' by allowing the cardinal they hold responsible to say a memorial mass for the Pope. Cardinal Bernard Law was forced to resign as archbishop of Boston in 2002 over the abuse scandal. He was blamed for allowing priests known to have sexually abused...
  • NOVENDIALES - Day 5 - Tuesday 12 April. Papal Chapel. (Photos From Today's Mass)

    04/12/2005 12:52:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 384+ views
    EWTN & Yahoo News ^ | April 12, 2005
    Chief Celebrant: Cardinal Eugenio de Araujo Sales, proto-priest of the College of Cardinals. Cardinals attend Mass at the Vatican's St Peter's Basilica April 12, 2005. Roman Catholicism's conclave to elect a new pope will start at 1430 GMT next Monday in the Sistine Chapel following a public morning Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican said on Tuesday. Once the conclave begins, the cardinals will not emerge from the Vatican until a new pope has been elected. They will hold voting sessions in the Sistine Chapel and sleep in the Casa Santa Marta hotel inside the Vatican grounds. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano-Arturo...
  • Cardinal Elector Profiles - Bernard Law to Francesco Marchisano

    04/12/2005 1:04:45 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 491+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | April 11, 2005
    VATICAN CITY, APRIL 11, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Here is another installment of biographical sketches of the cardinals who are eligible to have a role in electing the next pope. * * * Bernard Francis Law, 73 Archpriest of Basilica of St. Mary Major Bernard Francis Law was born Nov. 4, 1931, in Torreon, Mexico, son of a U.S. Air Force colonel. He finished his studies at Harvard University; entered St. Joseph's Seminary at St. Benedict, Los Angeles, and from 1955 to 1961 studied at the Pontifical Josephinum College at Worthington, Ohio. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Natchez-Jackson...
  • More Liberal Pope Unlikely

    04/11/2005 6:01:14 AM PDT · by murphE · 31 replies · 558+ views
    Newsday.com ^ | April 10, 2005
    The majority of America's Roman Catholics tell pollsters they want a greater voice for the laity in the church, that priests should be allowed to marry and that there should even be women in the clergy. As the world's focus turns to the secretive election of the pope beginning April 18, those U.S. Catholics might want to prepare themselves for some disappointment.
  • Cardinals Maintain Silence Before Conclave

    04/10/2005 8:18:59 PM PDT · by murphE · 7 replies · 266+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 04/10/05 | Aidan Lewis, Daniela Petroff and Rachel Zoll
    Cardinals Maintain Silence Before Conclave Pilgrims gazed forlornly at the third-floor window where Pope John Paul II traditionally appeared on Sundays and cardinals held to their vow of public silence ahead of next week's secret vote on a successor.The cardinals who celebrated Masses around Rome confined their remarks to tightly scripted homilies after pledging Saturday to make no more public statements betraying their thinking before selecting a new leader for the world's 1.1 billion Roman Catholics.Mourning pilgrims and curious tourists lined up in a pelting rain to visit St. Peter's Basilica, where John Paul was laid to rest Friday...
  • Prayer Thread - Prayer for the Conclave

    04/10/2005 7:55:07 AM PDT · by Knitting A Conundrum · 20 replies · 391+ views
    4/10/05 | Knitting a Conundrum
    O God our Father, You are our Eternal Shepherd and Guide. In your love, grant your Church a new shepherd who will walk in your ways and whose watchful care will bring us your blessing.   Help him be an example of Christ to those who see him.. Give him also a  courageous heart to stand for your truth. Give him a tender heart so that he may look at people with the eyes of. Christ. Fill him with your wisdom, O God, that he may steer the church in the paths you ask him to. Be with the Cardinals...
  • Next Pope Key To Bridging Africa’s Explosive Christian-Muslim Divide - (maybe first African Pope)

    04/09/2005 7:30:16 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 13 replies · 855+ views
    TRUTH NEWS.COM ^ | APRIL 5, 2005 | Jeffrey Donovan, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
    Prague, 5 April 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Back in 1978, when the Roman Catholic Church last elected a pope, the world stood uneasily divided in a struggle between Soviet communism and the West. By most accounts, Pope John Paul II played a major role in ending that divide, largely by focusing attention on injustices in his native Poland, then under Soviet sway. Today, with the Vatican set to elect a new leader, the world stands divided yet again. The Cold War analogy is imperfect, but increasing tensions and violence are threatening what has been called a possible "clash of civilizations between...
  • Cardinal who will play kingmaker in Rome

    04/09/2005 4:50:29 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 35 replies · 1,643+ views
    Scotland on Sunday ^ | April 10, 2005 | STEPHEN MCGINTY AND RICHARD GRAY
    THE rain fell on St Peter’s Square, making puddles through which the pilgrims passed. The dark clouds were forecast for the funeral of Pope John Paul II on Friday but had kept a discreet distance until after the two million mourners who had gathered in the city had dispersed.Yesterday they unleashed a deluge. Huddled under umbrellas, a few hundred Poles queued to enter the basilica, still imbued with the memory of Karol Wojtyla. Before 10am a steady stream of cars carrying cardinals from around the globe arrived at the Vatican gates to be waved in by Swiss guards in their...
  • Cardinals Prepare for Conclave in Rome (unanimous vote to maintain media silence)

    04/09/2005 3:48:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies · 1,188+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | April 9, 2005 | Niko Price
    VATICAN CITY - Cardinals began "an intense period of silence and prayer" before their conclave to choose the next pope, saying Saturday they would stop speaking publicly to protect the strict secrecy surrounding the centuries-old tradition. The throngs of pilgrims who attended John Paul II's funeral Friday flowed out of Rome, leaving mainly tourists in a quiet, rainy St. Peter's Square. The Vatican said a decision on calls to put John Paul on a fast track to sainthood would rest with the next pope. Italian Cardinal Francesco Marchisano celebrated the second Mass for John Paul in St. Peter's Basilica, a...
  • SCHEDULE FOR NOVENDIALI,  NINE DAYS OF MOURNING FOR POPE

    04/09/2005 2:38:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies · 274+ views
    VATICAN CITY, APR 7, 2005 (VIS) - Archbishop Piero Marini, master of the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff, has published a note on the "novendiali" or period of nine days of official mourning for the late Pope John Paul II, explaining the background and indicating the dates, times and  principal celebrants of each of the nine Masses.     The communique states that "according to an ancient custom, for nine consecutive days there are special Eucharistic celebrations for the repose of the soul of the deceased Roman Pontiff, starting with the funeral Mass which is determined by the Congregation...
  • Litany of the Holy Spirit for the election of a holy pope.

    04/09/2005 1:01:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies · 701+ views
    CatholicCulture.org ^ | unknown | unknown
    Litany of the Holy Spirit Lord, have mercy on us.Christ, have mercy on us.Lord, have mercy on us. Father all powerful, have mercy on usJesus, Eternal Son of the Father, Redeemer of the world, save us.Spirit of the Father and the Son, boundless life of both, sanctify us.Holy Trinity, hear us. Holy Spirit, Who proceedest from the Father and the Son, enter our hearts.Holy Spirit, Who art equal to the Father and the Son, enter our hearts. Promise of God the Father, have mercy on us.Ray of heavenly light, have mercy on usAuthor of all good, have mercy on usSource...
  • Expert believes dignity is preserved

    04/07/2005 12:40:06 PM PDT · by billorites · 11 replies · 1,920+ views
    Guardian UK ^ | April 6, 2005 | Stephen Bates
    As morbid details go it was repulsive, but fascinating. And perhaps not quite what it seemed. The Vatican's spokesman, Joaquin Navarro-Valls, told journalists yesterday that the Pope had not been embalmed before his lying in state in St Peter's Basilica, merely that his body had been "prepared". With the high spring temperatures in Rome, putting a corpse on display without preservatives for four days might seem a high-risk strategy. There are plenty of tales from history of exploding bodies (Henry VIII was apparently quite spectacular) and disintegrating cadavers (Pius XII turned black in 1958 and his nose fell off -...
  • U.S. Consultants on Papal Election (silly Dem. quotes)

    04/07/2005 12:44:09 PM PDT · by bloggodocio · 4 replies · 426+ views
    "If ever there were a smoke-filled room, this is it." -Democratic consultant Donna Brazile, who remembered the Latin masses from growing up Catholic in the South and her childhood wish to become a priest until learning women cannot be ordained. "It's the ultimate whispering campaign with a very large confessional box." -Chris Lehane, who worked for Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts and Wesley Clark in their unsuccessful bids for president in 2004. "No one here would recognize it as a campaign. No technology. No bumper stickers. It's quiet, behind-the-scenes positioning." -Jano Cabrera, who worked on the White House bids of...
  • Biographies of the Papabili (possible successors to John Paul II)

    04/07/2005 11:16:56 AM PDT · by dangus · 9 replies · 1,140+ views
    Vatican biographies ^ | n/a | selected and compiled by Dangus
    Cardinal Francis Arinze, Prefect of the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, was born on 1 November 1932 in Eziowelle, a city of the Archdiocese of Onitsha, Nigeria. At the age of fifteen, he began his secondary studies at the All Hallowa Seminary (Ognissanti) of Nuewi, studies which he concluded in 1950 at Enugu. For the following two years he taught at the same seminary until 1953, when he took up philosophy studies at Bigard Memorial Seminary at Enugu. In 1955 he began to take courses in theology at the Pontifical Urban University. Only three years...
  • Candidates to Become Next Pope United on Pro-Life Issues

    04/07/2005 9:36:08 AM PDT · by Fred · 11 replies · 2,124+ views
    LifeNews ^ | 040605 | Steven Ertelt
    Candidates to Become Next Pope United on Pro-Life Issues Email this article Printer friendly page by Steven Ertelt LifeNews.com Editor April 6, 2005 The Vatican (LifeNews.com) -- The leading candidates who could become the next Pope and leader of the Catholic Church have one thing in common -- they all take a pro-life stance on key issues such as abortion and euthanasia: Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes is a 70-year-old Franciscan priest who leads the Sao Paolo Archdiocese. Monsignor Dario Bevilacqua, spokesman for the diocese told the Associated Press that "he has always been in line with the Vatican's official position"...
  • U.S. Cardinals May Hold Sway in Conclave

    04/06/2005 7:04:23 PM PDT · by kingattax · 14 replies · 552+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | 4-6-2005 | RACHEL ZOLL
    ROME (AP) - Among the American cardinals who will vote for a successor to Pope John Paul II are several with extensive Vatican experience, which could boost their influence in the conclave. No American is expected to be selected pope or to play kingmaker in the election. But their knowledge of Vatican politics, ability to speak Italian and relationships with other cardinals built over years in Rome could give them a strong role in marshaling support for a candidate, analysts say. "They speak the language, they know the mind-set and they've served as diocesan bishops," said David Gibson, a former...
  • The College of Cardinals - What is it, why is it, what they do, and who they are.

    04/06/2005 10:35:07 AM PDT · by CitizenM · 28 replies · 1,760+ views
    www.catholic-pages.com ^ | Updated April 6, 2005 | Catholic-pages.com
    College of Cardinals Among the College of Bishops, it has been a longstanding tradition of the Church, to raise certain bishops and archbishops to the College of Cardinals. The Cardinals have traditionally been seen as the "Princes of the Church". Because of their special devotion and holiness, they are called to assist the Holy Father in the governance of the Church. Most Cardinals are either Archbishops of the largest dioceses in their countries or regions, or the heads of the dicasteries of the Roman Curia (the Pope's Ministers of State, if you like). Of course, the singular role that the...
  • The quest stands upon the edge of a knife... (Hewitt on the Conclave)

    04/05/2005 5:49:04 PM PDT · by NeoCaveman · 11 replies · 468+ views
    Hugh Hewitt's Blog ^ | 4/5/05 | Hugh Hewitt
    This post is guaranteed to make zero sense to the non-believers. In fact, it will amuse them. The last two weeks brought together an extraordinary confluence of events. Holy Week crescendoed to the Pope's anguished appearance at his window to give his final Easter blessing, as memorable a call to endurance and obedience as could be imagined. Then the entire world --including most certainly the Cardinal electors of the Roman Catholic Church-- watched the cruel death of Terri Schiavo against the backdrop of her family's suffering and the pitiless march of the ideology of anti-humanism, followed immediately by the Pope's...
  • Conclaves Have Colorful, Checkered History

    04/05/2005 5:19:15 PM PDT · by AgThorn · 1 replies · 201+ views
    Europe AP - Yahoo ^ | Sun Apr 3,12:58 PM ET Europe - AP
    VATICAN CITY - Conclaves have a checkered, colorful past that belies the air of sanctity and solemnity surrounding modern papal elections. The first time cardinals were locked up until they elected a pope was in 1241. The Holy See was in a state of virtual war with the German emperor, Frederick II, who held two of the 12 "princes of the church" prisoner. Anxious for a new pope, the ruler of Rome had the remaining 10 cardinals confined in a squalid, crumbling palace. It worked. After a relatively short 60 days, they elected Celestine IV. But Celestine lived just 17...
  • Vatican does not know identity of "secret" cardinal appointed by pope

    04/05/2005 11:25:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 114 replies · 4,544+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | April 5, 2005
    VATICAN CITY (AFP) - The Vatican still does not know the identity of a cardinal nominated by Pope John Paul II two years ago but whose identity he kept secret, Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said, adding that it may be contained in a testament he had left for cardinals. "At the moment, nobody knows anything about it. Before the pope's death, it wasn't revealed," Navarro-Valls told reporters at the Vatican. "We don't know if there is something in the text of the testament left by the pope. Naturally, if there is something we will communicate it when it is read."...
  • Vatican begins preparations for funeral and conclave

    04/03/2005 11:02:24 PM PDT · by kingattax · 15 replies · 665+ views
    Associated Press ^ | , April 4, 2005 | NICOLE WINFIELD
    VATICAN CITY (AP) -- John Paul's earthly remains lay clothed in crimson vestments, his head on golden pillows and adorned with a white bishop's miter. His hands held a rosary, a pastoral staff was tucked under his left forearm. Swiss Guards stood watch on either side. Karol Joseph Wojtyla was finally at peace, the lines of pain erased from his face after years of crippling disease. ''It was very satisfying for all of us to see him so serene,'' said Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles, one of many church officials, diplomats and politicians who paid their respects at the...
  • Conclave Security (Vanity)

    04/02/2005 5:19:57 PM PST · by fidelio · 12 replies · 718+ views
    Fidelio
    Has anyone considered the security concerns of the impending conclave? Once their locked in to the Sistine Chapel, that's it. And that is a pretty big target. The Swiss Guards don't have AWACS or F-16s to fly BARCAP excercises. If anything were to happen, the Church is hierarchy is done. According to what I've read of the Vatican caonstitution, only a Pope can create a Cardinal, and only Cardinals (117 of 183) can elect a Pope.
  • Interview with Cardinal José Saraiva Martins

    04/02/2005 8:04:30 AM PST · by Siobhan · 19 replies · 594+ views
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | November 5, 2003 | John L. Allen, Jr.
    Posted: November 6, 2003 Interview with Cardinal José Saraiva MartinsNovember 5, 2003By John L. Allen, Jr.RomePortuguese Cardinal José Saraiva Martins is prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Last year he turned 70, and the Urbaniana University Press recently honored him with a book of essays.In an exclusive interview with NCR Rome Correspondent John L. Allen, Jr., Saraiva Martins spoke on a wide range of topics looking back over his career as a Claretian priest, theologian, rector of the Urbaniana University, then secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education from 1988 to 1998 and prefect of the Congregation...
  • When Sad Day Comes, Eyes of World Will Be on Papal Selection [How next Pope will be chosen]

    04/01/2005 8:26:04 PM PST · by Salvation · 54 replies · 1,712+ views
    SpiritDaily.com ^ | 04-01-05 | SpiritDaily.com
    WHEN SAD DAY COMES, EYES OF WORLD WILL BE ON PAPAL SELECTION AS NEVER BEFOREWhen, God forbid, the Pope leaves this earth, it will kick into play a process of selection that promises to be the most important crossroads for the Church since Vatican II.Fortunately, John Paul II again has defied morbid expectations, and with God's grace, will spiritually lead the Church for a good while yet; his mere presence is the important thing; he doesn't need to talk or administer. And when he does leave this planet, he will be a yet greater intercessor.But as with anyone who is...
  • Pope nearing death, Vatican officials say

    04/01/2005 4:43:10 PM PST · by NYer · 121 replies · 2,554+ views
    MSNBC ^ | April 1, 2005
    VATICAN CITY - Pope John Paul II was near death Saturday, his breathing shallow and his heart and kidneys failing, the Vatican said. Millions of faithful around the world knelt, crawled on their knees, bowed their heads and lit candles to pray for the 84-year-old pontiff. “This evening or this night, Christ opens the door to the pope,” Angelo Comastri, the pope’s vicar general for Vatican City, told a crowd at St. Peter’s Square, where up to 70,000 people prayed and stood vigil in the chilly night. Wrapping themselves in blankets, many tearfully gazed at John Paul’s third-floor windows, where...
  • Papal Transition (what happens between one pope and the next)

    04/01/2005 10:29:57 AM PST · by NYer · 57 replies · 3,968+ views
    America Magazine ^ | March 31, 2005 | Rev. Thomas J. Reese, S.J
    What happens when the pope gets sick? If the pope becomes sick, he can delegate some of his authority to the cardinal secretary of state or to any other person. In the long history of the papacy, popes have formally or informally delegated authority to Vatican officials, cardinal nephews and other members of their families. But today the logical person to run the church while the pope is sick would be Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the secretary of state, who is more like a prime minister than a U.S. secretary of state. Such delegation presumes that the pope is still capable...
  • Cardinals, Conclaves and a New Pope

    03/14/2005 8:39:54 AM PST · by Salvation · 21 replies · 2,614+ views
    Catholic Educators Resource Center ^ | 2005 | Father William Saunders
    Cardinals, Conclaves and a New Pope    FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS Recently, the media has speculated on the health and condition of Pope John Paul II, and on his death. When our Holy Father dies and goes to his heavenly reward, how will the next pope be elected? The procedure for electing the pope has evolved over the history of the Church. In the early centuries, the clergy and people of Rome elected the successor, who usually had worked very closely with the previous pope. In 1059, Pope Nicholas II further regulated the process of electing the pope, making the...
  • Next pope: 'We are going to be surprised,' says Allen

    03/06/2005 6:01:42 AM PST · by NYer · 81 replies · 3,197+ views
    Tidings ^ | March 4, 2005 | Paula Doyle
    As far as the next pope is concerned, expect the unexpected. That's the message National Catholic Reporter Vatican correspondent John Allen, Jr. stressed in his 2005 Religious Education Congress Feb. 20 workshop, "Four papacies, four futures for the church" highlighting four differing points of view among the 118 Cardinals under age 80 who will elect the future pope. Although Pope John Paul II has appointed all but three of the cardinals who will elect his successor, Allen said it is a misconception that the next pope will be similar to the current one. "It doesn't work like that," declared...
  • CA: GOP conclave starting on shaky turf

    02/21/2003 7:35:15 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 160+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 2/21/03 | Ed Fletcher
    <p>Tom Wood, co-author of California's landmark measure barring race and gender preferences in government hiring and contracting, plans to oppose a new ballot measure by Sacramento activist Ward Connerly that would prevent California government agencies from collecting racial data.</p> <p>Wood, once Connerly's ally in winning voter approval of Proposition 209, says he'll go toe-to-toe with his former colleague this weekend as the state Republican Party contemplates supporting what Connerly calls the next logical step toward reducing "the influence of race and color in American society."</p>
  • Joseph Ratzinger Is New Dean of College of Cardinals

    12/04/2002 9:28:40 AM PST · by patent · 10 replies · 298+ views
    Zenit ^ | 2002-12-01 | Zenit
    Zenit News Agency - The World Seen From Rome ZENIT - The World Seen From Rome Code: ZE02120105 Date: 2002-12-01 Joseph Ratzinger Is New Dean of College of Cardinals Replaces Cardinal Gantin of Benin VATICAN CITY, DEC. 1, 2002 (Zenit.org).- Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, is now also the new dean of the College of Cardinals, the Vatican Press Office announced. The election, approved by the Pope, was carried out by a group of cardinals -- those who belong to the Order of Bishops. The Bavarian cardinal replaces Benin's Cardinal Bernardin Gantin...
  • Six Good Servants (all papabile, God willing)

    07/01/2002 6:16:44 AM PDT · by Notwithstanding · 23 replies · 543+ views
    TCR News ^ | 6/30/2002 | Oswald Sobrino
    Six Good Servants By Oswald Sobrino, Esq. As John Paul II heroically ages-- he just passed 82 (Deo gratias)--the journalists are engaged in predicting his successor and embarking on new books and book tours to bandy about their sometimes flawed and biased insights, and network commentators are already signed up to cover the next papal election. Many of these professional papal analysts view the process as a political election, replete with political parties, candidates, and a list of political issues. Some even campaign for certain candidates and inexplicably exclude others from their list of contenders. This essay is an...