Rome dispatch: No conclave start date was set at the cardinals' meeting this morning, but they did talk money and what they'd like to see in the next pope.
John Allen in Rome: Many cardinals seem to want a pope for the new evangelization, but that doesn't mean much to Vatican outsiders. Here's a primer.
Papabile of the day: Today's papabile, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, refused to abandon Catholics in Iraq in 2003, even when bombs flew.
Rome dispatch: Until Wednesday, the cardinals from the United States were talking to the press every day. Now they're no longer allowed.
Pope Benedict XVI's successor will take over the rocky relationship with the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X.
From Where I Stand: The church could use this opportunity to do a little demystifying to better connect with the 21st-century world.
Rome dispatch: After four meetings, the cardinals still have not decided on a start date for the conclave. Meanwhile, SNAP has listed 12 cardinals that should not be elected pope.
John Allen in Rome: Was Ratzinger really Ratzinger eight years ago? That is, was he the consensus front-runner, or is this revisionist history based on the benefit of hindsight?
Papabile of the day: For cardinals who see continuity as key, their candidate might be "the little Ratzinger," Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera.
Q and A: Cardinal John Onaiyekan, a leading African intellectual who loves being center of attention, discusses the conclave and Africa's situation.