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Papal Conclave

“The Conclave is very much a struggle for the institutional heart of the Church”

Wed 13 March 2013, 1:26pm

Tweet No white smoke yet White smoke from the papal conclave.  The successor to Benedict XVI will need the support of two thirds of the 115 cardinals present – the Guardian is live-blogging events.  And, as the BBC Europe editor Gavin Hewitt reminds us, the choice is not the one some might wish it to be.  […] more »

Pope Benedict XVI: “with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome”

Tue 12 February 2013, 10:57pm

Tweet For anyone seriously concerned with his “legacy”, the surprise announcement by Pope Benedict XVI, of his intention to renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome “as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours”, deserves a more considered approach.  For example, following on from his initial response, at the Telegraph Blogs Damian Thompson reproduces the […] more »

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