Cardinal Timothy Dolan
While there is no clear front-runner, among the names being mentioned as a papal contender is New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan.
On Tuesday afternoon, Cardinal Dolan and 114 other princes of the Church will enter the world-famous Sistine Chapel, which has been transformed into a papal polling place.
Members of the Catholic Church worldwide spent this Sunday worshipping, before cardinals from around the world begin meeting to elect a new pope.
The cardinals will continue pre-conclave discussions on Saturday and Monday. They will take Sunday off to celebrate Mass at churches across Rome.
New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan went ahead with his live radio show broadcast from Rome Wednesday despite officials cancelling daily briefings over worries that details of the secret proceedings were being leaked to the media.
The Sistine Chapel was closed Tuesday as the Vatican prepared to elect a new pope. But not all the cardinals who will vote have arrived in Rome.
New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan was among 103 of the 115 electors who arrived at the Vatican Monday morning, while the other dozen are en route.
The papal succession process will start on Monday. That’s when cardinals will gather in Rome for formal meetings to set a conclave date to elect the next pope.
The Swiss Guards standing at attention in Castel Gandolfo shut the gates of the palazzo shortly after 8 p.m. local time Thursday, symbolically closing the doors on a papacy whose legacy will be most marked by the way it ended.
Many Catholics are split over whether they hope Pope Benedict’s successor should preserve tradition or make changes in Catholic teaching.
Pope Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff Wednesday at his final general audience in St. Peter’s Square and thanked his flock for respecting his decision to retire.
On the same day Pope Benedict XVI basked in an emotional send-off from an estimated 150,000 people at his final general audience in St. Peter’s Square, there has been a lot of talk about his successor.
An ancient institution is being challenged by an uncertain situation — the historic resignation of a pope, a man even his critics concede is blessed by a tremendous intellect.
Timothy Cardinal Dolan flew to Rome Tuesday where he’ll be taking part in his first conclave as concerns continued to mount about potential conflicts arising from having both a reigning and a retired pope.
Pope Benedict XVI has changed the rules of the conclave that will elect his successor, allowing cardinals to move up the start date if all of them arrive in Rome before the usual 15-day transition between pontificates.