Saturday, March 16, 2013080Dallas Bishop Kevin J. Farrell lauded the March 13 election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio just hours after the Argentine Jesuit’s introduction to the world as Pope Francis, the modern era’s first non-European pontiff, the first pope from South America and the first Jesuit to become the Holy Father.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013096More black smoke poured from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel at 11:40 a.m. March 13, which seemed to indicate the 115 cardinal electors failed to elect a pope on their second and third ballots.
Tuesday, March 12, 20130101Hours before the start of the conclave that will choose 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.
Monday, March 11, 20130124Although there will only be 115 cardinals in the Sistine Chapel voting for a pope, the whole church joins them in prayer and expectation, said the archbishop who spearheaded the design of the conclave rites and prayers.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013045Although by March 6 the world's cardinals had not set a date to begin the conclave to elect a new pope, they had begun discussing "the profile" required of the next pope to meet the needs of the church, the Vatican spokesman said.
Tuesday, March 5, 20130114 On the first day of their pre-conclave meetings, all of the cardinals were given a gold-embossed, green book of rites and prayers to accompany them as they enter the conclave, vote, elect a new pope and introduce him to the world.
Monday, March 4, 2013041The College of Cardinals began their formal pre-conclave meetings March 4 with 142 members present, 103 of whom are under the age of 80 and eligible to enter the conclave to vote for a new pope.