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Vatican Says Conclave to Choose Pope Will Begin Tuesday

The Vatican Press Office has announced that “The eighth General Congregation of the College of Cardinals has decided that the Conclave will begin on Tuesday, 12 March 2013.”

As NPR reports, from the Vatican announcement”

‘A pro eligendo Romano Pontifice Mass will be celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica in the morning. In the afternoon the cardinals will enter into the Conclave.’

Questions about who is considered a “strong” candidate, and discussions about what region of the world the new Pope should come from — growth of Catholicism is much higher in Africa, for one often mentioned area — will no doubt continue as the Conclave begins.

(Apostolic Palaces Via

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5 Responses to Vatican Says Conclave to Choose Pope Will Begin Tuesday

  1. secularhumanizinevoluter March 8, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    Who frackin cares who the next Grand Poobah is?!!!!!

    • Joyce Arnold March 8, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

      I know you know, sec, that millions do “care.” Of course, millions don’t.

      My “caring” is because of the power of the Pope / Vatican in influencing opinons regarding, among others, LGBTs. And the power whoever it is will have in making decision about sexual misconduct and cover-ups, and in how women are seen and treated. I hope whoever is chosen at least won’t be any worse than the last one.

      • secularhumanizinevoluter March 9, 2013 at 6:19 am #

        “I know you know, sec, that millions do “care.” Of course, millions don’t.”
        We will take a serious step forward as a species when whoever is the head of the worlds largest He-man woman haters but young alter-boy lovers club will matter to sane thinking folks about as much as the latest santorum spewed by M. Malkin.

        • Taylor Marsh March 9, 2013 at 9:15 am #

          American Catholics, by a wide majority, ignore the Pope already.

  2. Taylor Marsh March 8, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

    The Pope, whoever he is, has an overwhelming force in the world, which makes the story critical to cover.

    As you state, Joyce, his power over topics surrounding the politics of sex is a main reason who is chosen matters.

    That we are in a time of great religious upheaval is obvious.

    That we need a reformation inside all organized religions also obvious.

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