VATICAN CITY (RNS) Because the closed-door conclave doesn’t allow cardinals to do much talking to each other, they’re taking their time getting started to allow the electors to size up the candidates.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) While the Holy Spirit may be getting more efficient in producing shorter papal conclaves, behavioral scientists say a more pronounced “bandwagon effect” is now as powerful as any electioneering did before.
(RNS) After more than 22,000 votes were cast, the Religion News Service “Pope Madness” Sweet Sistine tournament is down to four final contenders in the Sacred Semifinals.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican has pulled the plug on daily briefings from American cardinals, fueled by growing resentment among Italian cardinals and others that the process to elect the next pope was starting to look like an American-style political campaign.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Roman Catholic cardinals will be called on to decide the start date of the conclave to elect a new pope, but they don’t seem to be in a hurry to do so.
One of the most embattled members of the College of Cardinals, retired Los Angeles archbishop Roger Mahony, says that the Vatican told him he had to come to the conclave to help elect a successor to Pope Benedict XVI.
(RNS) As Catholic cardinals flock to Rome to pick the next pope, our Sweet Sistine bracket is heating up, with just Eight Elite Eminences left.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Days after pulling out of the conclave to elect the next pope and vowing to fight the charges against him, disgraced Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien admitted Sunday (March 3) to inappropriate “sexual conduct.”
(RNS) What are the firsts and lasts, quirks and facts of papal history that you should know about? There are plenty, and Religion News Service has compiled a handy guide.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) As former pope Benedict XVI started his retired life in the papal villa in Castel Gandolfo on Friday (March 1), cardinals in Rome began preparations that will lead up to the closed-door conclave to elect his successor.