Tradition dictated that the cardinals opened the conclave
with a morning Mass yesterday.
Summary: Vatican City: Cardinals prepared for a second day of conclave
behind the Vatican's walls to .
In between the two conclaves
(separated by just one month), some intrigue occurred that helped della Rovere's chances.
, the new building houses priests and bishops in a university campus atmosphere, more functional than luxurious.
Summary: PUNE: Nearly 1,000 volunteers of the militant organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) are to participate in a weeklong conclave
beginning on Dec.
When the smiling Albino Luciani became Pope John Paul I on August 26, 1978, after one of the shortest modern Conclaves
, our then Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster Basil Hume, told us that the new Pope was God's choice.
It was one of the first formal acts before the Conclave
veterans say most of the heavy lifting involved in electing a pope happens out of public view.
Analysing the conclaves
that took place during the last century, he makes a projection into the future that is thrilling to read.
It was, in fact, an anticipation of what will almost surely be the next great Vatican event: the conclave
, when cardinals from all over the world gather in the Sistine Chapel to elect a successor to John Paul II.
Nearly every pope this century has revised the rules for papal conclaves
, which occur immediately following the death - or in rare cases, resignation - of a pontiff.
In this century, conclaves
have occurred on the average every 12 years or so: 1903, 1914, 1922, 1939, 1958, 1963 and 1978.