Papabile of the day: There is a discernible buzz growing around Cardinal Francisco Robles Ortega of Guadalajara, Mexico.
Rome: Voting for the new pope will begin Tuesday, the Vatican has announced. No clear consensus has emerged among the church's cardinals for the new pontiff.
Journalism 101 teaches you to put your article’s bold claim at top, so people will pay attention, and then qualify it to death later if you must.
So, here’s my bold claim: Against all odds, the American cardinals are emerging as the anti-establishment insurgents of the 2013 conclave.
I say “against all odds” because it’s become conventional wisdom that over the last twenty years, the goalposts within the U.S. bishops’ conference have shifted to the right, towards defense of church teaching and tradition rather than accommodating secular mores.
Rome: The church's cardinals will vote next week for the new pope, the Vatican has announced. The starting date of the conclave will be known Friday afternoon.
Dispatches from Rome: It’s become abundantly clear this week that governance -- or, if one prefers, business management -- of the Vatican is a titanic concern.
A domain name of a website of information on clergy sex abuse cases has been blocked on the Vatican's web servers. A spokesman said it could be due to an automatic filter.
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.