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The papal conclave opens today. But here at RNS, we've already picked the winner in our Sweet Sistine Pope Madness tourney. One cardinal's mom says: please don't choose my boy.

Categories: Culture

Lauren Markoe

Lauren Markoe

Lauren Markoe covered government and features as a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years before joining the Religion News Service staff as a national correspondent in 2011. She previously was Washington correspondent for The State (Columbia, S.C.)


  1. I’m glad Cardinal Ouellet didn’t win because he said that women’s concerns have and will always be secondary in the church.