Cardinal Sodano Invokes Mary Before Conclave

On February 11th, Cardinal Sodano responding to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s resignation said:   And you did not hesitate, although moved with emotion, to answer that you accepted, trusting in the Lord’s grace and the maternal intercession of Mary, Mother of the Church. Like Mary on that day she gave her ‘yes’, and your luminous pontificate began, following…

Mary and the Rite Regulating the Conclave

Today Vatican Information Service published the details of the liturgical rite that precedes the conclave.  Below is an excerpt of the rite: The regulations also state that, for this ceremony, the senior cardinal in the hierarchy—who currently is Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re—will preside over the celebration, which begins with the sign of the cross and…

Cardinal Dolan and the Upper Room

Photo credit: CUA Press Release The Papabile Timothy Cardinal Dolan has blogged from Rome (available here).  Dolan provides an update on what has been happening in Rome and the purpose of the General Congregations.  He makes two references to Mary.  Dolan described the General Congregations as being “back in that Upper Room with Our Lady and the…

The Rosary and the Conclave

Catholic author and blogger Marge Fenlon writes:   The College of Cardinals has called the universal church to pray tomorrow, Wednesday, March 6, at 5pm Rome time, 11am EST, for the upcoming conclave and the process of electing a new Pope.   While the official start of the Conclave has not yet been announced, the…