Daily Conclave Report 2013

Conclusion: Arrivederci Roma

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Robert Royal’s final Conclave Report takes the measure of our new pope. It’s today’s The Catholic Thing column, The Devil…

Day Nine: A Spirit Who Surprises

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Habemus Papam! The conclave has ended in the election of our new Holy Father, Pope Francis. Please read Robert Royal’s…

Day Eight: Dietrologia

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When you cover a major news event, everyone wants to know what’s going on behind the scenes. Italians are so…

Day Seven: A Prayer for the Cardinal Electors

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Monday, the final day before the conclave begins, was a reflective day. The cardinals met again and discussed various questions,…

Day Six: Timeless Skies – and Electoral Blocs

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In times when a Biblical sensibility was more widespread, the weather alone the past days in Rome might have seemed…

Day Five: What “Secret” Process?

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Today, Saturday, began as a day of relative quiet. The cardinal electors were asked to say Mass on Sunday, each…

Day Four: The Great Game Begins

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So we finally have a starting time. Given the choice among Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week, the assembled…

Day Three: Time to make something happen

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Remember the media frenzy over the report by three cardinals, which – allegedly – spoke of a gay “lobby” and…

Day Two: The American Non-Hour

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The first sign that something was afoot today came from what did not happen. Reporters woke up in Rome on…

Day One: Roma Deserta

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This is a strange season for a papal conclave. Paradoxically, there’s no one here. Despite reports that over 4000 journalists…

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Bob Royal is in Rome now, ready to begin working with Raymond Arroyo and the staff at EWTN to bring…