John Allen in Rome: Why is it taking so long to choose a start date for the conclave? Why not just pick a date and get on with it?
Vote: Who do you think will be chosen to lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics after the next conclave? It's like March Madness, but early!
John Allen in Rome: Although the election of a pope is in many ways a scripted process, the closest thing to a wild card may be Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna.
Rome dispatch: The Vatican specified rules for the upcoming conclave, including the penalty of excommunication for those who share inside information.
Rome dispatch: Pope Benedict XVI has given the College of Cardinals authority to change the date of the upcoming conclave to elect his successor, the Vatican announced Monday.
Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien, who has been accused of inappropriate sexual relations with priests, has resigned and will not partake in conclave.
Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien,’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric, has resigned as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh and he says he won't attend the conclave to elect the next pope.
O'Brien had been accused by three priests and a former priest of inappropriate behavior, the newspaper The Observer reported Sunday.
He said in a statement that he will not travel to the conclave as he does not want media attention focused on him.
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Two recent twists in the unfolding drama of Benedict’s resignation and the election of the next pope raise the age-old question at the heart of any good PR strategy: When is it important to speak up, and when it wiser to put a sock in it?
One sidebar to the papal transition story focuses on a number of cardinals whose participation in the conclave is kicking up dust, a list which includes Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles.
John Allen in Rome: A canon lawyer by training, Cardinal Péter Erdõ has been on the ecclesiastical fast track his entire career.