Cardinals begin the selection of a new pope inside the Sistine Chapel on Tuesday and great measures have been taken to ensure the privacy of the voting process.
We learned Friday that the Conclave to elect the successor to Pope Benedict XVI begins on Tuesday, March 12th.
Pope Benedict XVI made a commitment to be here in September 2015 for a World Families Conference.
Cardinals have set Tuesday as the start date for the conclave to elect the next pope.
Philadelphia’s Archbishop will not be attending the conclave in Rome, because he hasn’t been elevated to the post of cardinal just yet.
Father Frank Berna, director of graduate theology and ministry at LaSalle University, says the new pope has to take the pulse of the people, not just those who are loyal to the church, but those who have fallen away.
Vatican watchers and even some of the cardinals themselves say the two biggest issues facing the new pope are abuse and administration.
The first pre-conclave meeting to elect a new pope is scheduled for Monday morning as the Cardinals gather in Rome.
At St. Raymond of Penafort Church on Vernon Road, parishioners say Mass was an unusual experience as people reflected on the pope’s decision to leave the office.
“He was first of all a great teacher. He was a great preacher of the word of God. He was a great pastor of the people,” Rigali said.
Some worshipers are confident the new Pope will have a large role in reversing the trend of the declining number of American Catholics and shrinking enrollment at Catholic schools.
Cardinal Justin Rigali, who stepped down as Philadelphia archbishop after a landmark indictment of priests in relation to child molestation, is one of the 11 U.S. cardinals expected to vote in the conclave.
The scheduling of the Conclave — the meeting of the College of Cardinals to elect a new Pope — is still in the works.
A day before his installation as bishop of the Diocese of Camden, Bishop Dennis Sullivan reflected on his mission, as well as the stunning news about the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.
The announcement of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation comes as a surprise to Vatican insiders, and especially to Philadelphia-area Catholics.