The papal election timeline: Coffee, cocktails, then conclave

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St. Peter's Square - Rome. During the process to elect a new pope, Cardinals will stay in the Casa Santa Marta, a $20 million hotel-style residence inside the Vatican walls built by Pope John Paul II. Cardinals may not leave the Vatican grounds until a conclave concludes. RNS photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons (http://bit.ly/XqMJiW) / Public Domain.

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Because the closed-door conclave doesn't allow cardinals to do much talking to each other, they're taking their time getting started to allow the electors to size up the candidates.

  • The gag order was the final hole in Peter’s sinking Barque, The Conclave is already a failure. We will have to await the governmental regulators and prosecutors to clean up the Vatican scandals.
    For an explanation, please see my remarks as a lifelong Catholic and retired Harvard trained international lawyer at: http://wp.me/P2YEZ3-EU

  • Bob Schwiderski

    Tired of the cartoon characters running around Rome, here’s reality:

  • POPE VATICAN OFFICE SHOULD CHANGE TO JERUSALEM AREA. PRAYER SHOULD BE FIRST PREFERENCE NOT WINE DINE WITH VOMITORIUM ROME PRACTICE. SAINTS SELECTION SHOULD BE RESTRICT AND NOT CASH MAKING INSTITUTE. REV.POPE BENEDICT SAID SEEMS TO BE GOD IS SLEEPING SIME TIMES. GOD NEVER SLEEP . HIS EYES NEVER CLOSE AND EYES ARE VERY POWERFUL LIKE CRORES OF SUNLIGHT.ANY WE CAN PRAY TO GET BEST POPE AND HIS OBEYED SUBORDINATES IN ROMAN CATHOLIC SYSTEMS.

  • EssEm

    Oooooooohhh. A Harvard-trained international lawyer. Ooooooh.

  • EssEm

    What was the point of this article?

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