Now that the college of cardinals has decided to start the conclave on Tuesday, March 12, what are they going to do?
You just don’t have to be in Rome anymore to know the moment there’s a new pope.
The advent of radio and television allowed people to hear and see the news minutes after the smoke rose from the Sistine Chapel.
And now, of course, there’s an app.
There are actually numerous apps, but one with a simple name is the Conclave mobile app. Created by Logos Bible Software, it offers instant access to the latest developments in Rome to the on-the-go, conclave curious.
Five U.S. bishops who chair committees of the US Conference of Catholic Bishop oppose the Violence Against Women Act because of gender issues. Read the full RNS story here.
The Washington Post published a longish feature on the noted press people, Vaticanisti, covering the conclave.
NCR's John Allen is described as "one of the sharpest and most wired."
Keep tuned into this page for his reports.
Journalism 101 teaches you to put your article’s bold claim at top, so people will pay attention, and then qualify it to death later if you must.
So, here’s my bold claim: Against all odds, the American cardinals are emerging as the anti-establishment insurgents of the 2013 conclave.
I say “against all odds” because it’s become conventional wisdom that over the last twenty years, the goalposts within the U.S. bishops’ conference have shifted to the right, towards defense of church teaching and tradition rather than accommodating secular mores.
Rome: The church's cardinals will vote next week for the new pope, the Vatican has announced. The starting date of the conclave will be known Friday afternoon.
A domain name of a website of information on clergy sex abuse cases has been blocked on the Vatican's web servers. A spokesman said it could be due to an automatic filter.
Nigel Baker, the UK Ambassador to the Holy See, blogs from his government's Foreign Office website.
Over the last few weeks, John L. Allen Jr. has been profiling cardinals who are frequently touted as papabile, or men who could be pope. These are the names drawing the most buzz in the lead-up to the conclave. Below are links, sorted by the cardinals' last name, to all of his papabili profiles. We will update this list as John writes more features, and don't forget to follow him on Twitter: @JohnLAllenJr.
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