Rome dispatch: Cardinal Christoph Schönborn spoke at a memorial service for a Hungarian martyr, which he says shows "what is really important."
Rome dispatch: Vatican workers are preparing the Sistine Chapel for the conclave, but so far the cardinals have not yet discussed a date.
Comments made Monday by Chicago Cardinal Francis George regarding a global "zero tolerance" policy for priests who sexually abuse children do not go far enough, a victims' advocacy group said Tuesday.
John Allen in Rome: The conclave has brought everyone to Rome, including -- of course -- the crazies. Here's a snapshot.
Papabile of the day: Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya would not only be a spiritual leader as pope, but also a head of state.
As the cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church on Monday walked to and from meetings they're undertaking in preparation to choose the next pope, journalists and tourists alike watched and tried to pry information from them.
Among the cardinals was Raymond Burke, formerly the archbishop of St. Louis and the prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, the highest juridical authority of the Catholic church, during Pope Benedict XVI's pontificate.
Revelations about sexual impropriety by Cardinal Keith O'Brien have "dealt a serious blow" to the credibility of the Catholic church in Scotland, said the archbishop who will fill in for the embattled cardinal.
"This is a sad moment for the church in our country," Glasgow Archbishop Philip Tartaglia said during a sermon at a Lenten Mass in his archdiocesan cathedral Monday night.
Rome dispatch: Not all of the cardinals are in Rome yet for the conclave, but 142 are. Here's what they talked about -- and didn't talk about.
The apology of Scottish Cardinal Keith O'Brien, who over the weekend admitted to improper sexual conduct with priests of his archdiocese, "is weak, vague, belated and thus hollow sounding," David Clohessy, executive director of the U.S.-based abuse survivor's group, SNAP said in a press statement released late March 3.
Profile: NCR senior correspondent John Allen wrote about now-Pope Francis when he was still just papabile. Here is what he had to say.