Papabile of the day: Brazilian Cardinal João Bráz de Aviz: a gentle and compassionate figure who favors dialogue may not have the grit it takes to be pope.
John Allen in Rome: While we wait for a conclave start date, here are three fresh developments you should be aware of.
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.
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.