John Allen: In an interview with an Italian newspaper, Bishop Charles Scicluna said Cardinal Roger Mahony made mistakes and will have to decide if he will vote in the conclave.
John Allen in Rome: Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet has the brains, the languages and the life experience to be pope.
NCR Today: John Allen wrote about Cardinal Peter Turkson's chances of becoming pope but made one omission: Turkson's beliefs on homosexuality.
Small tents don't work in national elections -- that's one of big lessons from the vote in November and one Catholic leadership may want to consider heading into the upcoming papal election.
The November ballot may have marked the "end of a Catholic Moment," according to Ross Douthat, a Catholic and right-of-center columnist for The New York Times.
John Allen in Rome: Cardinal Roger Mahony has become a symbol of the church's failures on the sexual abuse scandals, and his participation in the papal election is stirring controversy.
John Allen in Rome: Today, meet Cardinal Peter Turkson, who figures prominently on the short list of possible African candidates for pope.
John Allen in Rome: For the first time, an American pope seems thinkable, and Cardinal Sean O'Malley has gotten surprising buzz.
Vote: Who do you think will be chosen to lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics after the next conclave?
John Allen in Rome: One of the men most talked about as the next potential pope is Cardinal Angelo Scola, but does he have what it takes?
John Allen in Rome: The Vatican spokesperson says there's a chance conclave could begin before the usual 15-20 day waiting period.