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March 11th, 2013
06:30 AM ET

Monsignor Rick Hilgartner: Many would say papal conclave is about politics, but also a very spiritual moment

In just 24 hours, the world could potentially have a new pope. Starting tomorrow, 115 Roman Catholic cardinals will walk from their home away from home—the Santa Marta residence at the Vatican—to the Sistine Chapel for conclave.  That walk will be taken twice a day, every day, until they elect a new pope.

Monsignor Rick Hilgartner, head of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Secretariat on Divine Worship, talks with John Berman on “Early Start” on the upcoming conclave. He explains the conclave's tradition, the ceremony, the secrecy, the preparations and more. He will be joining “Early Start” all week as we watch conclave unfold.

One day out until the voting begins, Monsignor Hilgartner discusses the process and the feeling in Rome today among the cardinals. "Many would say it's all about politics at this point," Monsignor Hilgartner says, "but I think it's important to remember that they also recognize that this is a very spiritual moment." Once the doors close and conclave begins, he says it’s less about politicking and “more about prayer as they each in silence write their votes.”

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Filed under: Conclave • Pope • Vatican
February 12th, 2013
09:14 AM ET

Who will be selected as the next pope? EWTN's Raymond Arroyo weighs in

EWTN's Raymond Arroyo on possible successors after Pope Benedict XVI announces his resignation.

Filed under: Papacy • Pope • Pope Benedict XVI
May 28th, 2012
10:25 AM ET

Pope's butler arrested on suspicion of leaked documents- Barbie Nadeau reports live from Rome

Rome bureau chief for Newsweek and the Daily Beast’s Barbie Nadeau was live this morning from the Italian capital reporting on the latest findings in the ongoing papal leak investigation. The purported leaked documents range in subject matter from gossip to cronyism and financial corruption.

Nadeau says the leaks which were allegedly masterminded by the pope’s own butler Paolo Gabriele have “really shaken the very core of theVatican.” Gabriele reportedly leaked these documents to reporter Gianluigi Nuzzi, who published the book “His Holiness: The Secret Papers of Pope Benedict XVI” last week.

Filed under: Law • Pope
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