White smoke began billowing out of the chimney of the Sistine Chapel at approximately 7:06 p.m. local time, meaning the Catholic Church has a new Pope who will lead the pro-life church and succeed Pope Benedict XVI. They reached a consensus on a candidate in the second round of balloting Wednesday afternoon. The following report [...]
White smoke has rises from above the Sistine Chapel, indicating that Roman Catholic cardinals have elected a successor to Pope Benedict XVI. Updates below; full story here [Posted at 2:09 p.m. ET] White smoke above the Sistine Chapel have made it official: The Roman Catholic Church has a new pope. Bells are ringing at the [...]
British atheist and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins has emerged as a contender among a leading Irish bookmaker's list of candidates to replace a retired Benedict XVI as pope and leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, which a religion and pop culture expert believes could be a sign of discontent among the Catholic faithful.
After two rounds of voting Wednesday morning, the conclave still could not come to an agreement on who the next leader of the Catholic Church should be. Jason Horowitz and Anthony Faiola reported: After the first vote Tuesday evening,...Show More Summary
After Pope Benedict XVI became the first Pope to step down from the post in nearly 600 years, the 115 senior cardinals have convened in the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City to elect the new Pope.
ROME — The conclave has begun. The new process of selecting a new Pope for the Catholic Church is underway in Rome. The previous Pope, Benedict XVI, resigned as the head of the Catholic church due to health concerns. It caused quite an international stir and immediately led to speculation over his most likely successors. [...]
“I am convinced that the crisis in the Church that we are experiencing today is to a large extent due to the disintegration of the liturgy,” Joseph Ratzinger, now Benedict XVI, wrote in his autobiography, Milestones (1998). If you want...Show More Summary
To ensure that deliberations at the Conclave to elect a successor to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI remains a secret, the Vatican has installed electronic jammers to stop any signals from escaping the Sistine Chapel, Reuters reports. Under...Show More Summary
Karl Rove is apparently still upset that Fox News called the presidential election too soon, the Washington Post reports. "When asked about the papal conclave's quest to rack up enough votes behind a successor to Pope Benedict XVI, Rove...Show More Summary
As the papal conclave begins in Rome, wrapped in mystery and secrecy, there is no indication that the 115 cardinals will be deciding between just a couple of front-runners in choosing a successor to Pope Benedict XVI.
Personally, I think it's a shame there isn't a Nixon-style Committee to Re-elect the Pope (CREEP) because, as the great Father Z observes today, none of the front-runners truly embodies Benedict XVI's vision of a Church renewed through purification of the liturgy. Traddies may dream of Cardinals Ranjith or Burke emerging on the balcony, but [...]
Henry Wu, Los Angeles Times: A smiling Pope Benedict XVI had just wrapped up an official visit to Portugal in May 2010, during which he praised Catholic organizations striving to protect families based on "the indissoluble marriage between...Show More Summary
There goes the gay-bor-hood. Apparently the priests near the Vatican don’t have to look very far when praying for those “suffering” from same sex attraction. Via DailyMail reports: It is already reeling from claims Pope Benedict XVI resigned because
The URL shortening company announced Peter Stern's resignation Monday in a cryptic blog post. 'Tis the season for high-profile resignations. From Pope Benedict XVI to Groupon CEO Andrew Mason, the Internet has been abuzz with news of one resignation--or sacking--after another. Show More Summary
Rogers Cadenhead: Eight years ago, I registered Pope Benedict XVI's domain name three weeks before he was selected pope. Because of this achievement in pontification, I was invited to be on the Today Show, where Katie Couric called me the popesquatter in front of millions of people. Show More Summary
Today is the day all Robert Langdon fans have been feverishly waiting for all their lives: the 115 voting cardinals of the Catholic church begin today their secret conclave to choose the successor to Pope Benedict XVI. As Bloomberg puts...Show More Summary
Pope Benedict XVI at his last meeting with cardinals at the Vatican on Feb. 28. Photo via Osservatore Romano/Reuters. By Robert McMahon, editor for the Council on Foreign Relations Introduction The February 2013 resignation of Pope Benedict XVI set...
Who will succeed Pope Benedict XVI as the head of the Roman Catholic Church? No one will know until the white smoke comes out the conclave room chimney. That hasn't stopped Vatican followers from rampantly speculating, however, and The...Show More Summary
Rome (CNN) - The conclave in numbers: 115 Number of cardinal electors in the conclave to elect the new pope 67 Number of cardinal electors appointed by Benedict XVI 48 Number of cardinal electors appointed by John Paul II 77 Number of votes to be elected pope (2/3 of 115, rounded up) 48 Number of [...]
The work to elect a successor to retired Pope Benedict XVI begins in earnest Tuesday, when the cardinals charged with the task gather in Vatican City for the papal conclave. Just a few hours after moving into Santa Marta, their residence at the Vatican for the duration of the process, the cardinals will start the [...]