Pope Benedict is gone but far from forgotten as cardinals begin voting for candidates to replace him, with his personal secretary Georg Gänswein one of the last to leave the Sistine Chapel before the start of the conclave.Thursday, 14 March, 2013, 3:20am
As cardinals begin 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.13 Mar 2013 - 5:25am
O'Brien announced in November that he was planning to resign in view of his 75th birthday next month, but he said on Monday: "The Holy Father has now decided that my resignation will take effect today, 25 February."26 Feb 2013 - 3:36am
Vatican spokesman the Reverent Federico Lombardi said that Vatican rules on papal succession are open to interpretation and that “this is a question that people are discussing.”17 Feb 2013 - 12:03pm
The warning from the central government to Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun is misplaced ('Stay out of politics, Beijing warns Zen', February 24). The word politic comes from the Greek polis, meaning city. It stands for the theory and practice of the good administration of a city or state. What's wrong with that?1 Mar 2006 - 12:00am
Catholic bishop Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, who was named a cardinal yesterday by Pope Benedict, said he was 'thrilled and honoured' by the announcement.
Thanking the Pope, Cardinal Zen asked for God's guidance and said people should learn from the pontiff's example to speak and defend the truth despite pressure from society.23 Feb 2006 - 12:00am
The Catholic Church in Hong Kong has begun preparations for Bishop Joseph Zen Ze-kiun's expected elevation to cardinal.
In an unusual move, the diocese yesterday organised a briefing on the roles and procedures for the appointment of a cardinal - while stressing it could not confirm Bishop Zen's appointment.21 Feb 2006 - 12:00am
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 as the first new pontiff of the 21st century.18 Apr 2005 - 12:00am
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?13 Mar 2005 - 12:00am
It is considered taboo to talk about a future conclave while a pope is still alive, but that has never stopped people. A ban on campaigning for the papacy dates back to Felix IV (526-530), who attempted to appoint his successor. Senior clergy objected and passed an edict forbidding politicking by the Pope.11 Feb 2005 - 12:00am