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  1. News - World - THE VATICAN

    Vatican says conclave for next pope may come early

    Posted Feb 17th 2013, 11:56am by Associated Press in Vatican City

    ... Associated Press in Vatican City The Vatican raised the possibility Saturday that the conclave to elect the next pope might start sooner than March 15, the earliest date possible under current rules that require a 15 to 20 day waiting period after the papacy becomes vacant. Vatican spokesman the Reverent Federico Lombardi said that Vatican rules on papal succession are open ...

  2. News - World - THE NEW POPE

    Chinese bishops see new pope as chance to mend rift with Vatican

    Posted Mar 13th 2013, 12:00am by Verna Yu, AGENCIES

    ... their deliberations to choose a new pope to lead the Roman Catholic Church, mainland bishops say they hope Beijing and the Vatican can repair strained relations. Bishop John Fang Xingyao, chairman of the of the government-sanctioned Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, said a resumption of diplomatic ties was "key" to improving China-Vatican relations. "After you have established ties, you can ...

  3. News - World - BRITAIN

    Britain's top Catholic cleric Cardinal Keith O'Brien resigns amid scandal

    Posted Feb 26th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... to nuncio Antonio Mennini - the Vatican's ambassador to Britain - that O'Brien had committed "inappropriate acts" going back 33 years, The Observer said. Aside from the priest ... to retire on grounds of failing health has been marked by a surge of Italian news media reports, many of them speculative, of gay sex scandals in the Vatican and other allegations of sexual abuse ...

  4. News - World - PAPAL ELECTION

    Pope Benedict is gone but not forgotten

    Posted Mar 14th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Vatican City Retiring pope has power to influence decision of the cardinals, and the reign of his successor Benedict is gone but not forgotten Pope Benedict is gone ... of the conclave. "He has already influenced the outcome," said Vatican expert Bruno Bartoloni, noting that all 115 cardinals who began their secret conclave on Tuesday were named either ...

  5. HK's Catholics are ready to celebrate

    Posted Feb 21st 2006, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... a papal Mass at noon in the Vatican (7pm Hong Kong time) tomorrow. Activities, including a solemn Mass and a reception for religious, political and society figures, are expected to be held in Hong ... is elevated tomorrow. Last night, he said he had yet to receive word from the Vatican of his appointment. Clerics said Bishop Zen's position as head of the local diocese would not change if he ...

  6. Huge challenges ahead for next pope

    Posted Apr 18th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The vote for the next pope, which begins at the Vatican today, is steeped in ceremony and tradition. But it will be problems posed by the modern world that will confront whoever emerges ... The deeply conservative German cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is regarded as a frontrunner. But there is a saying that whoever enters the conclave as a pope leaves as a cardinal. Vatican-watching- rather ...

  7. Speak up to defend the truth, new cardinal urges his flock

    Posted Feb 23rd 2006, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Cardinal Zen- whose appointment is for life- said he had yet to learn whether the Pope would keep him as head of the local church or require him to work in the Vatican. Born to a middle-class ... Zen was provincial superior of the Salesians of the mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau between 1978 and 1983. In 1996, the Vatican appointed him coadjutor bishop to succeed the late ...

  8. Divine prize

    Posted Feb 11th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Vatican watchers to constantly revise their thinking on likely successors. Many of those tipped for the role have died or grown too old to succeed him. Although cardinals are eligible to vote ... Reporter and a Vatican specialist, is considered to have a good understanding of who is in the running to be the next pope. Late last year he listed his top 10 candidates, in alphabetical order, ...

  9. Cardinal Zen may become the first Chinese pope

    Posted Mar 01st 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... asked how the newly elected cardinal will react to a structure like the Vatican, where a Pope is not democratically elected. Will Cardinal Zen campaign for full democracy, as he has been doing ...

  10. FYI: The Pope is clearly a sick man. If he dies, who chooses the next leader of the Roman Catholic Church and what is the process?

    Posted Mar 13th 2005, 12:00am by Gary Jones

    ... of the Church. Fifteen to 20 days after a pope's passing, the Sacred College convenes a confidential meeting known as a conclave in the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. Each cardinal writes his ...



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