Posts Tagged ‘Papal Conclave’

How Pope Francis’ unorthodox governing style is likely to impact the next conclave

Thursday, December 7th, 2023
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Pope Francis was supposed to be in Dubai this weekend to attend the UN climate change conference COP28. But his doctors forcefully insisted that he not make the trip. They told him it would be too risky for a man of his age who has been fighting a bronchial infection and shortness of breath for Read more

Cardinal denies involvement in papal election reform, reports “a pure lie”

Thursday, November 9th, 2023
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Cardinal Gianfranco Ghirlanda, a prominent figure in Church law, has vehemently denied any role in the reported changes to the papal election process, According to The Pillar and The Remnant websites Cardinal Ghirlanda (pictured), an important advisor to Pope Francis, had been tasked by the pope with drafting revisions to the conclave. Ghirlanda called the Read more

Picking the Pope’s successor – Pell was ‘so in favour’ of Erdo

Thursday, May 18th, 2023
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Picking the Pope’s successor was at the top of Cardinal George Pell’s to do list in the weeks before his death. He was secretly promoting someone very different from Francis. Hungarian writer and polemicist Rod Dreher says Pell told him he was “so in favour” of conservative Hungarian Cardinal Peter Erdo (pictured) as Francis’s successor. Read more

Cardinal George Pell turns 80, loses right to vote in papal conclave

Thursday, June 10th, 2021

Cardinal George Pell turned 80 years old on Tuesday, losing his eligibility to vote in a future papal conclave. The Australian was made a cardinal by St. Pope John Paul II in October 2003, while he was archbishop of Sydney. Ten years later, Pope Francis appointed Pell a member of his Council of Cardinals, and Read more

First black American cardinal appointed

Monday, November 2nd, 2020
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Washington D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory will be the first black American cardinal. He was one of 13 new cardinals announced by Pope Francis at the end of his Angelus address on October 25th. Nine of the new appointees are under the age of 80. They will be eligible to vote in a papal conclave along Read more

How Pope Francis will mend a broken church

Friday, March 15th, 2013

The election of a new pope is always an exciting moment for the Church and the world. After weeks of uncertainty, it seems there is good reason to celebrate the election of Pope Francis I, and to congratulate and offer support to him in the immense task ahead. The excitement of the election of a Read more

Fantasy conclave

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

As I’ve been promoting this week, today was Google Hangout day for the Southern Cross New Media Project folks: Sarah Coppola and Emilie Ng from Cradio and James Bergin and I from Icon Media/Station 15 etc. And we were joined by the very impressive young man Brandon Vogt, who is doing some fantastic work in communicating Read more

Article based on diary says Ratzinger became pope with 84 votes

Friday, March 9th, 2012

On the fourth ballot of the April 18-19 conclave to elect a successor to Pope John Paul II, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger went from being five votes shy of election to having seven more than the 77 needed.

The count, along with a few details of the brief conclave leading to the election of Pope Benedict XVI, was published Sept. 23 in Limes, a respected Italian journal usually focused on geopolitics.

On each of the four ballots, the magazine said, the prelate receiving the second-highest number of votes was Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires.

Limes said its information came from the diary of an anonymous cardinal who, while acknowledging he was violating his oath of secrecy, felt the results of the conclave votes should be part of the historic record.

The journal said it confirmed the diary’s count with other cardinals.

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