March 6, 2013

March Conclave Madness: Sweet Sistine!

The general congregation of cardinals is now in progress and the Sistine Chapel has been closed to visitors. Almost all of the 115 eligible cardinal-electors have […]
March 7, 2013

An American Pope?

Is an American “papabile”? That’s the discussion I’ve been having on Facebook all morning, thanks to this fascinating article by Sandro Magister. Magister writes: Timothy Michael […]
March 8, 2013

CV’s Pilgrim-Journalist in Rome: First Update From John Paul Shimek

EDITOR’S NOTE: CV is happy to introduce you to John Paul Shimek, a graduate student in Sacred Theology at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for […]
March 8, 2013

The Conclave Cometh

If you haven’t heard, the College of Cardinals has set a start date for the conclave: next Tuesday, March 12. A Mass pro eligendo Romano Pontifice—for […]
March 9, 2013

Top Ten Signs You Might Not Be a “Papabile”

  1.   You ask for an absentee ballot because you don’t want to miss Downton Abbey.   2.   Before leaving for Rome, you tell your diocesan […]
March 9, 2013

Video: A look inside the Papal conclave

Catholic News Service just released a fantastic video that shows exactly what the Cardinals will be doing at the upcoming conclave. Not only is it informative, but […]
March 10, 2013

What Does a Cardinal Read during the Conclave?

Once the cardinals enter the conclave and the doors of the Sistine Chapel are locked, the logistics involved in electing a new pope are quite involved […]
March 11, 2013

Photos: My Visit Yesterday to the Sistine Chapel

A short while after the See of Peter became vacant at the end of last month, the Sistine Chapel (or, Sistina) closed its doors to the […]
March 11, 2013

The simplicity of a Capuchin.

Much has been written about many of the American papabili over the last few weeks and I don’t propose to break new ground here, just to reflect […]