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Topic - Sistine Chapel
Pope Francis says he wants a missionary church with a modern spirit that gives hope to the poor, young and elderly, speaking as key meetings begin on church reform.
For what may be the first time ever, a Roman Catholic leader has written an "insider" account of a papal conclave. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has authored an unprecedented peek at the Vatican gathering this year that resulted in the selection of Pope Francis.
Black smoke is billowing from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, meaning Roman Catholic cardinals have not elected a pope in their second or third rounds of balloting.
Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina was elected pope Wednesday, becoming the first pontiff from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. He chose the name Francis, associating himself with the humble 13th-century Italian preacher who lived a life of poverty.
The election of a pope follows a series of choreographed rules and rituals that have been tweaked over the centuries ever since the term "conclave," or "with a key," was used in the 13th century to describe the process of locking up the cardinals until they have chosen a new pope.
Jet-black smoke billowed from the chimney on the Sistine Chapel Tuesday evening local time, indicating that the first round of voting for the successor to Pope Benedict XVI had been inconclusive.
Jet-black smoke billowed from the chimney on the Sistine Chapel on Tuesday evening, indicating that Roman Catholic cardinals failed in the first round of voting to elect a successor to Pope Benedict XVI.
White smoke or black smoke? Maybe it's easier just to wait for a text message that a new pope has been elected.
A pastor in Ontario wondered about behind-the-scenes politicking ahead of the conclave to elect the next pope. He could have read news reports or listened to briefings by the Vatican spokesman. Instead, he asked a cardinal. Less than an hour later via Twitter, the response arrived.
The favorite guessing game in Rome these days is who will be the next pope. Few take it more seriously than the Gammarelli family, tailors to the Vatican for more than 200 years.
The Sistine Chapel closed to visitors on Tuesday as construction work got under way to prepare it for the conclave that will choose the next pope, but five cardinals had yet to arrive for the preparatory meetings designed to acquaint themselves with one another and discuss the state of the Catholic Church.
A Scottish cardinal Sunday admitted to engaging in sexual misconduct, one day before Roman Catholic leaders prepare for a meeting here to begin the selection of a pope under a cloud of church scandals, including those involving pedophile priests.
The archbishop of Washington is one of 118 men who will be locked inside a chapel in Vatican City in the coming weeks to decide the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church. But he's most looking forward to seeing the art.
Pope Benedict XVI's resignation sets in motion a complex sequence of events to elect the next leader of the Roman Catholic Church. The laws governing the selection are the same as those in force after a papal death.
Suction vents to remove dust from art patrons as part of effort to reduce damage to Vatican’s fresco
Last year, five million people visited the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican to see Michelangelo's magnificent, 500-year-old frescoes. Attendance was double the 2.5 million in 1993, when the paintings were famously (some said controversially) restored.