Bishop David O’Connell of the Diocese of Trenton says each new pope extends a line of succession dating back to the establishment of the church itself.
Rob Traver, and his wife, Pam Porter, booked their vacation to Rome some time back. But timing, as they say, is everything, and they’re here at a historic point in the life of the Catholic Church.
The mass included prayers for the church and the cardinals themselves as they begin their work to select a new pope.
The cardinals of the Catholic Church will enter the conclave on Tuesday, following a morning mass in St. Peter’s Basilica.
A group of Latin language students from McCallum High School in Austin, Texas, flew into Philadelphia Saturday to make a connecting flight to Rome with their teacher and chaperones.
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.
Pope Benedict XVI left Vatican City for the last time Thursday and became the became the first pope in about 600 years to retire.
“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.