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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 »

Pope Benedict XVI to Live Rest of Life as Simple Pilgrim

Pope Benedict XVI to Live Rest of Life as Simple Pilgrim

Benedict XVI, the 265th successor to St. Peter at the helm of the Catholic Church, left the papacy on Thursday to become a simple "pilgrim who is starting the last phase of his pilgrimage on this earth." continue reading »

Pope Benedict XVI Vows “Unconditional Obedience” to New Pope

Pope Benedict XVI Vows “Unconditional Obedience” to New Pope

Pope Benedict XVI bid farewell to the College of Cardinals and vowed "unconditional obedience to the new pope" on Thursday, his last day as the leader of the world's more than 1 billion Catholics. continue reading »

Catholic “Flashmob” to Descend on Mexico City

Catholic “Flashmob” to Descend on Mexico City

On Saturday 9th March, a group of young Catholics as a "flashmob" will get on the underground in Mexico City to bring the message of Christ to thousands of people who every day use this means of transport. continue reading »

Pope Benedict XVI Says Good-Bye to the Public

Pope Benedict XVI Says Good-Bye to the Public

Amongst throngs of supporters and devotees, Pope Benedict XVI bid farewell, holding his last public audience at the Vatican. The first pontiff to retire from office in 600 years will official step down tomorrow. continue reading »

Pope Benedict to be Called “Pope Emeritus” and Relinquish Papal Ring and Red Shoes

Pope Benedict to be Called “Pope Emeritus” and Relinquish Papal Ring and Red Shoes

The Vatican has announced that retiring Pope Benedict XBI will be called "Pope Emeritus" and dress white thereby relinquishing the papal ring and the red shoes. continue reading »

If Lent is 40 days, why are there 46 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter?

If Lent is 40 days, why are there 46 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter?

"The 40 days of Lent" has always been more of a metaphor than a literal count. Over the course of history the season of preparation for Easter Sunday has ranged from one day (in the first century) to 44 (today in the Roman church). Officially since 1970, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sunset on Holy Thursday. continue reading »