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Three Votes Down, Still No New Pope

Three Votes Down, Still No New Pope

The Roman Catholic Church's 115 cardinal electors sent a fume of black smoke into the skies over Vatican City on Wednesday, telling the world that they had not yet been able to select a new pope after three votes. continue reading »

Cardinals’ First Vote for New Pope is Inconclusive

Cardinals’ First Vote for New Pope is Inconclusive

Black smoke came out of the Sistine Chapel's chimney Tuesday evening, indicating that the first ballot of the 115 cardinals charged with choosing a new pope did not produce a result. continue reading »

Papal Conclave Begins with Much Pomp and Ceremony

Papal Conclave Begins with Much Pomp and Ceremony

The Papal conclave to elect a new pope has begun inside the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. The papal electorate started the day with a mass amidst much pomp and ceremony. continue reading »

Cardinals Start Voting Process for New Pope

Cardinals Start Voting Process for New Pope

The College of Cardinals tasked with choosing a new pope for the Roman Catholic Church began voting Tuesday to elect a successor to Pope Benedict . The 115 cardinals attended a special Mass before retreating into the Vatican's Sistine Chapel for prayer and deliberations. They will remain secluded from the outside world until a new pope is elected. continue reading »

INFOGRAPHIC: The Conclave and Latin America’s Role in the Catholic Church

INFOGRAPHIC: The Conclave and Latin America’s Role in the Catholic Church

With the Conclave beginning tomorrow, March 12, Hispanically Speaking News has explored Latin America's role in the Catholic church given its growing Catholic population. continue reading »

Papal Conclave to Start March 12th, All Cardinals in Rome for Vote

Papal Conclave to Start March 12th, All Cardinals in Rome for Vote

“The eighth General Congregation that will meet this evening will vote on the date to begin the Conclave”, Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, announced. continue reading »

Death of Chavez: Cardinal Urosa Savino Will Celebrate Mass for the Repose in Rome

Death of Chavez: Cardinal Urosa Savino Will Celebrate Mass for the Repose in Rome

Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, Archbishop of Caracas, will celebrate a "Mass" in honor of the late President of Venezuela Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias in Rome, where he is to attend the conclave that will elect a new pope. continue reading »

Latin Americans Hope New Pope Understands Them—And Their Region

Latin Americans Hope New Pope Understands Them—And Their Region

If numbers were used to choose the next pope, he might come from Latin America. Four in 10 Catholics live in Latin America, more than any other region, and it is home to the countries with the two largest Catholic populations, Brazil and Mexico, respectively. continue reading »

Cardinals to Meet on March 4 Before Official Conclave

Cardinals to Meet on March 4 Before Official Conclave

Cardinals will begin holding formal meetings starting March 4 as part of their preparations for a conclave to elect the new pope, the Vatican said Friday. continue reading »

Who are the Members of the College of Cardinals?

Who are the Members of the College of Cardinals?

As the former Pope Benedict, now Pope Emeritus Benedict, enjoys his first hours of retirement with music and praying, the College of Cardinals will be getting down to business very soon. continue reading »