Posts Tagged ‘Conclave’

The looming conclave, Catholic populists and the “dubia”

Monday, July 26th, 2021
looming conclave

Pope Francis has significantly changed the composition of the electoral college, even by adding to its number men from countries that had never before had a cardinal. This reflects his push to de-Europeanize the Church and the body that will eventually elect his successor. It is a very important institutional change. But the pope, who Read more

Attacks against pope aim to influence next conclave

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

Attacks against Pope Francis are “a fight between those who want the church dreamed of by the Second Vatican Council and those who do not want this,” says the Superior General of the Jesuits. Commenting on various issues where the Pope is currently under attack from his critics, Arturo Sosa SJ says there is no Read more

The election of Pope Francis: An inside account of the Conclave That Changed History

Monday, March 25th, 2019
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What took place next inside the Sistine Chapel was hidden from the outside world. Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re first explained the voting process and then asked the cardinals if they were ready to vote. They were! Everyone was anxious to do so, as this would reveal where the Holy Spirit was leading them. The first Read more

Pope’s cardinal picks could make the next conclave a wild ride

Thursday, July 6th, 2017
child protection summit

Typically speaking, about the most important thing any cardinal of the Catholic Church will ever do is to help pick a pope. As a result, one time-honored way of evaluating consistories, the events in which popes create new cardinals, is in terms of what they portend for the choice of that pope’s successor. Applying that Read more

Martini sided with Ratzinger in 2005 to prevent curial pope

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini played a decisive role in the 2005 conclave that elected Benedict XVI in order to prevent the election of a “curial candidate”. This is among the recollections of Jesuit Fr Silvio Fausti who was the late Cardinal Martini’s confessor and spiritual guide. Fr Fausti died on June 24, but his views Read more

Cardinals version of Conclave at odds with author

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

The 2013 papal conclave that elected Pope Francis is news again now that four cardinals have denied a new book’s claim that they campaigned for Pope Francis to be elected — though the book’s author has clarified the Pope himself was not a part of their supposed campaign. The London-based Catholic journalist Austen Ivereigh, in Read more

Voting papers from Pope St Pius X conclave sold at auction

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Papers showing voting results during the 1903 conclave that elected Pope St Pius X have sold at auction in London for 4000 pounds. This conclave was notorious for having a leading candidate, Cardinal Mariano Rampolla del Tindaro, ruled out by outside political interference. Cardinal Rampolla, who had been Vatican secretary of state under Pope Leo Read more

Magazine says US monitored Vatican phone calls

Friday, November 1st, 2013

The Vatican has said it is not concerned about a report that a United States spy agency intercepted its internal communications — including phone calls by cardinals during the conclave that elected Pope Francis. The report was denied by the National Security Agency, which said: “The National Security Agency does not target the Vatican. Assertions Read more

Cardinal says ‘signs’ led to election of Pope

Friday, May 17th, 2013

A cardinal who was tipped as a possible successor to Pope Benedict XVI has spoken of “signs” from the Holy Spirit that led to the election of Pope Francis. Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, the Archbishop of Vienna, said he had personally had two “strong signs” that Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was “the chosen one” in the Read more

Media spokesman Fr Michael Gielen recalls his Rome papal election experience

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
Fr Michael Gielen

It was fortuitous the Catholic Church in New Zealand had Hamilton priest, Fr Michael Gielen, who happened to be studying in Rome, to liaise with New Zealand media, commenting on the atmosphere, the scenes, the hopes and excitement as the world waited for a new pope. Fr Gielen captured some of the excitement of the event Read more