papal conclave - updates

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Argentine dictatorship hounds Pope Francis

Mar 18, 2013 - 10:40 PM

World leaders hail the election of Argentine cardinal Jorge Bergoglio to the papacy But it also raises questions about the new Pope s role in Argentina s Dirty War

'Hello? This is Pope Francis'

Mar 16, 2013 - 3:21 PM

Shunning VIP treatment Pope Francis shocks a porter who took his personal phone call

Pope Francis urged to defrock cardinal

Mar 15, 2013 - 7:58 AM

A sex abuse victim in the U S urges Pope Francis to defrock a cardinal who took part in the papal conclave

CARDINAL ELECTORS. Pope Francis presides over a Mass with 114 other cardinals who joined the conclave. Screen grab from

Pope shows simplicity in unscripted homily

Mar 15, 2013 - 3:16 AM

In an unscripted 7 minute homily Pope Francis uses metaphors like a pitiful NGO and children building sandcastles

Low-key Pope leads troubled Church

Mar 15, 2013 - 1:04 AM

Pope Francis begins his papacy in the face of controversies like Vatileaks What challenges await him?

Pope Francis to Tagle: High hopes for PH

Mar 14, 2013 - 4:48 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle meets Pope Francis for the first time since the latter s election as pope

#TalkThursday: Pope Francis in a changing world

Mar 14, 2013 - 3:30 PM

TalkThursday talks to Fr Joe Quilongquilong SJ the Rector of the Loyola House of Studies

Election of Pope Francis stuns analysts

Mar 14, 2013 - 1:18 PM

Francis election was a powerful signal to the region with the world s largest Catholic population that has demanded its rightful place in the Church

This handout picture released by the Vatican Press Office on March 13, 2013 shows Argentina's Jorge Bergoglio, elected Pope Francis I, appearing at the window of St Peter's Basilica's balcony after being elected the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church on March 13, 2013 at the Vatican. AFP PHOTO/OSSERVATORE ROMANO

Malacañang: Pope's election 'call for unity'

Mar 14, 2013 - 11:27 AM

The President along with the Filipino people joins all the Catholic faithful as they receive their new leader and meet his proclamation with a sense of boundless promise

Pope Francis urged to work for peace

Mar 14, 2013 - 8:52 AM

World leaders and Catholics hailed the election of Jorge Bergoglio from Argentina as the first Latin American pope urging him to work for religious reconciliation and peace

AFP file

IN PHOTOS: Welcoming the #NewPope

Mar 14, 2013 - 5:25 AM

Rappler relives the first time the world met Pope Francis

TIMELINE: From Benedict XVI to Pope Francis

Mar 14, 2013 - 4:41 AM

What happened from the time Benedict XVI resigned until the election of Pope Francis?

BENEDICT XVI TO FRANCIS. This file picture taken on January 13, 2007 at the Vatican shows Pope Benedict XVI (L) meeting Pope Francis, who was then archbishop of Buenos Aires. AFP PHOTO / ARTURO MARI / OSSERVATORE ROMANO

Pope Francis posts first tweet

Mar 14, 2013 - 4:14 AM

The pope s official Twitter account is back online

CONVERSATIONS: What do you think of the #NewPope?

Mar 14, 2013 - 3:35 AM

Netizens weigh in on how the Catholic Church will behave under newly elected Pope Francis I s leadership

Pope Francis known as champion of poor

Mar 14, 2013 - 3:16 AM

4th UPDATE Known to live a simple life Argentina s Jose Mario Bergoglio is the first South American pope in history

Habemus papam: There is a new pope

Mar 14, 2013 - 2:07 AM

3rd UPDATE The new leader of the world s 1 2 billion Catholics is expected to deliver a speech in an hour

What kind of Pope are Vatican locals looking for?

Mar 14, 2013 - 1:57 AM

Rappler talked to Vatican City locals Irene Conti and Alessandro Sottilaro and asked what kind of Pope they hope will be elected

Chimney, seagull steal #NewPope thunder

Mar 14, 2013 - 1:48 AM

A day after the conclave began spinoff characters @SistineSeagull and @ConclaveChimney argue on Twitter

REPLAY: Waiting for the #NewPope

Mar 14, 2013 - 12:16 AM

Habemus Papam Franciscus Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio archbishop of Buenos Aires Argentina is the new pope of the Catholic Church

When mortals elect a pope

Mar 13, 2013 - 11:33 PM

While Catholics believe it is divinely inspired factors like politics and gossip also shape the conclave

Rappler Newscast | March 13, 2013

Mar 13, 2013 - 8:56 PM

Black smoke on conclave day 2 signals no new pope Erap Lim trade insults once again North Korea ends 60 year armistice with South Korea

Black smoke again: No new pope yet

Mar 13, 2013 - 6:41 PM

Black smoke emerges from the Sistine Chapel indicating that cardinals have failed to elect the 266th leader of the Catholic Church

Hoping for a pope on rainy 2nd day of conclave

Mar 13, 2013 - 6:30 PM

Catholics gather from the early morning in St Peter s Square for the first full day of a conclave to elect a pope

How Vatican produces black, white smoke

Mar 13, 2013 - 2:33 AM

The famous smoke from a chimney is not created just by burning used ballots the Vatican says

Black smoke after 1st conclave vote

Mar 12, 2013 - 11:49 PM

UPDATED The 115 cardinal electors fail to elect a pope after the first round of voting in the historic conclave

AFP Photo

Cardinals pray for unity before conclave

Mar 12, 2013 - 10:28 PM

Cardinals pray for unity and pledged allegiance to whoever will be the next pope at a grandiose Mass in St Peter s Basilica ahead of a historic conclave

'POLLING PRECINCT.' Cardinals hole up in the Sistine Chapel starting March 12 until they elect a new Catholic leader. File photo from AFP

Rappler Newscast | March 12, 2013

Mar 12, 2013 - 8:51 PM

Cardinals in Vatican for conclave 1 500 Filipinos arrive from Sabah North Korea threatens to wipe out a South Korean island

INFOGRAPHIC: How a new pope is elected

Mar 12, 2013 - 7:28 PM

What happens during the secretive conclave that elects the 266th Catholic pontiff?

CONVERSATIONS: Who should be the #NewPope?

Mar 12, 2013 - 5:03 PM

Social media users weigh in on the qualities they are looking for in the next leader of the Catholic Church

Cardinals in Vatican for historic conclave

Mar 12, 2013 - 4:09 PM

The 115 cardinal electors who pick the next leader of 1 2 billion Catholics in a conclave in the Sistine Chapel will live inside the Vatican walls completely cut off from the outside world until they have made their choice

Odds stacked against an Asian pope

Mar 12, 2013 - 3:10 PM

Not only does Asia have just 9 representatives among the cardinals eligible to vote but few move in the inner circles of the Vatican or have held positions within its apparatus

Is Tagle the ideal pope? Listen to homily

Mar 12, 2013 - 2:18 PM

It is the final sign of what the cardinals may be thinking before they head off to vote

Elaborate rituals to elect 266th pope

Mar 11, 2013 - 10:15 PM

A secret ballot the threat of excommunication and the iconic white smoke among others characterize the 700 year old tradition to happen March 12

Prepping for 'Papal Fever' online

Mar 11, 2013 - 5:52 PM

Here are Rappler s tips for setting up your own personal conclave information feed

PAPAL PREPARATIONS. Here are some ways to keep tabs on the papal conclave.

Masses in Rome ahead of conclave

Mar 10, 2013 - 8:50 PM

Parishioners picked their papal favorites 2 days before the conclave

CONCLAVE NEAR. Two Swiss guard stand at St Peter's square at the Vatican 2 days ahead of the cardinals conclave on March 10, 2013. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE

Sri Lanka's dark horse candidate in papal race

Mar 10, 2013 - 4:47 PM

Sri Lanka s Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith may have an edge over the other asian contenders to be the next Pope

Vatican outlines timetable for conclave to elect pope

Mar 09, 2013 - 10:14 PM

If there is an election in a first round of voting the ballots are burnt immediately to produce the famous white smoke which could happen at 9:30 a m or 10 a m on March 12

Why Tagle is netizens' top 'papabile'

Mar 09, 2013 - 10:40 AM

If cardinals voted on the basis of social media likes alone Manila s Luis Antonio Tagle could become pope

FACEBOOK-SAVVY. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle checks his Facebook page, which has over 107,000 'likes' as of posting time. Photo from

Vatican readies Sistine Chapel for conclave to elect pope

Mar 09, 2013 - 10:01 AM

The giant window of the Sistine Chapel has been blacked out to prevent anyone being able to spy on the conclave and scrambling devices have been installed to prevent any type of communication with the outside world

AFP Photo

Conclave to elect pope begins March 12

Mar 09, 2013 - 12:39 AM

2nd UPDATE Bound by secrecy 115 cardinals will hold the centuries old ritual in the Sistine Chapel

Who will be the next pope?

Mar 08, 2013 - 11:55 PM

For a veteran Vatican watcher 4 schools of thought will likely clash in the conclave

Bizarre and dramatic papal elections

Mar 08, 2013 - 10:33 PM

Here s a list of bizarre and papal elections in the Church s history

CONCLAVE. The Catholic Church has a long story of papal elections, some more interesting than others. Photo from AFP

115 'cardinal electors' complete but conclave talks put off

Mar 08, 2013 - 12:22 PM

Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi say all of theh 115 cardinal electors are now in Rome

No date decided for conclave to elect new pope

Mar 06, 2013 - 11:44 PM

US cardinals in Rome also abruptly cancelled media briefings on Wednesday in a victory for pre conclave secrecy as workers readied the Sistine Chapel for a historic ceremony to elect the next pope after Benedict XVI s resignation

The secret meetings before the conclave

Mar 05, 2013 - 8:03 PM

Cardinals get briefed take an oath of secrecy deal with finances among others

Cardinals begin pre-conclave talks

Mar 04, 2013 - 7:08 PM

Catholic cardinals will set the date for the start of the conclave this month

LAST GOODBYE. A file photo shows Pope Benedict XVI greeting priests and bishops on May 16, 2012

[Q and A] What Asia can learn from Benedict XVI

Mar 01, 2013 - 7:03 AM

Benedict XVI s resignation teaches Asian leaders especially the corrupt to step aside for the sake of new blood

CBCP to Pope: 'Many of us shed tears'

Feb 28, 2013 - 8:59 PM

CBCP sends a final letter to Pope Benedict XVI the outgoing head of the Catholic Church

Benedict XVI vows to obey next pope

Feb 28, 2013 - 6:41 PM

UPDATED Pope Benedict XVI vows unconditional obedience and reverence to his successor on his last day in office

Pope's final speech: 'God won't let boat sink'

Feb 27, 2013 - 6:50 PM

2nd UPDATE He shall not let His boat sink says Pope Benedict XVI reassuring Catholics before he becomes the first pope to resign in 600 years