ROME (RNS) If a new air filter system can’t control the levels of dust, humidity and carbon dioxide inside the Sistine Chapel, then Vatican officials would have to make the “painful decision” to limit visitors.
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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as Pope Francis on Wednesday after only two days of voting in the conclave tasked with choosing a successor to Pope Benedict XVI.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Everyone gathered around the papal conclave had theories, many had favorites, and most declared it all so unpredictable that the winner – or even how long it would take to find him – was anybody’s guess.
The new pope’s first name is actually announced in Latin (this is the Vatican, after all), so if you want to be fully prepped, our friends at Catholic News Service have prepared a list of all the cardinals’ names in Latin.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The tradition of voting for the new pontiff in the Sistine Chapel dates back to the Renaissance, but the location of the voting didn’t become a fixed feature of the conclaves until the 19th century — and only with John Paul II’s rules did the Sistine Chapel become the official theater of papal elections.
During the days before a new pope is announced, journalists gather and the Catholic community prepares inside the Vatican.
(RNS) A non-European pope, drawn from the Global South that’s shaping the future face of the church, would be a prophetic spiritual gift to the whole Christian community, and beyond.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Five centuries after its inauguration, the Sistine Chapel is visited by around 5 million visitors a year. Some worry this number is unsustainable without damaging Michelangelo's frescoes, but the Vatican wants to keep the iconic chapel open to all. By Alessandro Speciale
ST. LOUIS (RNS) It will be difficult for critics to compare Michelangelo's nudes with the ones photographed by the Rev. John Blair. Just after Episcopal leaders launched a sexual misconduct investigation of Blair, he lost his job as a hospital chaplain. By Tim Townsend.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican posted its highest loss in more than a decade last year, blaming mostly the “negative trend of global financial markets.” But the Vatican City State, which is run by a different administration, reported a sizable profit, thanks to the record numbers of the Vatican Museums. By Alessandro Speciale.