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White smoke: Cardinals elect new pope on fifth ballot

White smoke: Cardinals elect new pope on fifth ballot

| Cindy Wooden | March 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

To the delighted surprise of many, clouds of white smoke poured from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel March 13, indicating a pope had been elected on the conclave’s fifth ballot.

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In pre-conclave homily, Cardinal calls for unity

In pre-conclave homily, Cardinal calls for unity

| Francis X. Rocca | March 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Hours before the start of the conclave that is choosing the next pope, the dean of the College of Cardinals celebrated the papacy as a source of unity among Catholics and of evangelization and charitable service to the world.

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In digital age, Vatican sticking with smoke, bells to announce new pope

In digital age, Vatican sticking with smoke, bells to announce new pope

| Carol Glatz | March 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Though the Vatican has become increasingly savvy with more modern forms of communication, it’s still sticking with more primitive methods — swirling smoke and tolling bells — to announce whether a new pope has been elected.

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Cardinals enter conclave invoking aid of Holy Spirit, all the saints

Cardinals enter conclave invoking aid of Holy Spirit, all the saints

| Cindy Wooden | March 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Invoking the aid of the Holy Spirit and the holy men and women from all over the world recognized as saints, 115 cardinals processed slowly into the Sistine Chapel to begin the process to elect a pope.

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Video: Catholic school students study, pray for conclave’s cardinals

Video: Catholic school students study, pray for conclave’s cardinals

| March 13, 2013 | 1 Comment

As the cardinals in Rome prepare to elect a new pope, students at Presentation School in Maplewood are watching closely. They each were assigned a cardinal to study and pray for.

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Black smoke: No new pope on first evening of conclave

Black smoke: No new pope on first evening of conclave

| Cindy Wooden | March 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Despite the rain, thousands of people filled St. Peter’s Square after dark March 12, the first evening of the conclave, to witness the black smoke that signaled the Catholic Church’s 115 cardinal electors had failed, as expected, to elect a pope on the first ballot.

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Sede vacante

Sede vacante

| February 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

This is the Vatican insignia representing a the “sede vacante” (vacant see).

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