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Cardinals End Interviews Before Conclave

By Victoria L. Simpson

VATICAN CITY - The College of Cardinals decided Saturday to halt interviews with the news media as they begin preparations for their conclave to elect a new pope, the Vatican said, in what was believed to be an unprecedented clampdown. The cardinals consider it an "act of responsibility" as they begin a period of "intense preparation" for the ritual-filled secret process of choosing a new pontiff that begins April 18, Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said.

The spokesman presented it as a "request" by the cardinals to the news media that they not ask for interviews and said it was approved unanimously by the 130 cardinals present. Italian news media have reported that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the dean of the College of Cardinals who has been mentioned as a possible successor to Pope John Paul II, had argued for the ban. Navarro-Valls said only that all the cardinals approved it.

The spokesman said the decision against accepting interviews should not be considered an act of "discourtesy" or lack of interest in the media. The cardinals took an oath of secrecy about their deliberations on April 4 at their first preparatory meeting, two days after the pope's death, but it did not preclude them from giving interviews. Anyone who breaks the sacred oath of secrecy during a conclave faces excommunication according to detailed guidelines set out by John Paul in 1996 to ensure the centuries-old process is safe in an age of media leaks and cell phones.

On other issues, Navarro-Valls underlined that any eventual decision to put John Paul on the path to sainthood would rest with the next pope. Since John Paul's death a week ago, there have been calls that he be made a saint.

He also said the number of cardinals who will enter the conclave will be 115 because of the confirmed absences of two prelates because of illness: Cardinal Jaime L. Sin of the Philippines and Cardinal Alfonso Antonio Suarez Rivera of Mexico. Only cardinals under the age of 80 are eligible to vote.

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Pope's ring and seal destroyed

Sat, 16 Apr 2005

CBC News

VATICAN CITY - Pope John Paul II's ring and lead seal have been destroyed in a symbolic ritual that marks the end of the pontiff's 26-year reign.

The ceremony during a meeting of Roman Catholic cardinals at the Vatican came as the official nine-day mourning period for John Paul ended with a Mass held Saturday in St. Peter's Basilica.

The cardinals were meeting for the last time before they seal themselves off in the Sistine Chapel beginning Monday in a conclave to choose a new pope.

A Vatican spokesman said Saturday that he was confident that jamming devices and other security measures would keep secret the name of John Paul's successor until it's announced publicly.

Joaquin Navarro-Valls of the Vatican said technical specialists on the Vatican's security force had ensured that no leaks would be possible from the chapel.

Guards said devices that block cell phones and other communications equipment have been installed in the chapel.

The 115 cardinals who will take part in the conclave have taken an oath of secrecy, as have all housekeepers and other staff who will have contact with the cardinals.

The main courtyard near the chapel will be sealed and tourists will be restricted in parts of the Vatican grounds.

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The first vote took place today in the conclave. Unsurprisingly, the result was "no election" and the black smoke was seen coming from the Cistene Chapel.

Expectations are that the conclave will last between 4 and 5 days. There will be up to 4 votes a day, afterwards the cardinals will pray for guidance, the votes are burned, and more journalits will speculate.


Papal election goes to second ballot

CBC News

VATICAN CITY - Cardinals at the Vatican held a first ballot on Monday but did not elect a new pope.

Black smoke emanating from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel shortly after 8 p.m. in Rome, signalled to the world the Roman Catholic Church was still undecided about who should be its next leader.

Black smoke emanates from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel.

Vatican Radio pronounced the smoke black, meaning the 115 voting princes of the church would retire for the night and return to the chapel Tuesday morning for two more rounds of balloting.

If those rounds fail to produce a successor to Pope John Paul II, the cardinals will hold two additional rounds Tuesday afternoon.

White smoke will come from the church's chimney once one of the candidate cardinals wins at least 77 votes, or the support of two-thirds of his peers in the College of Cardinals.

At that point, too, the Vatican bells will be rung. About an hour later, the new pope will appear on the balcony of St. Peter's to greet those who would assemble in St. Peter's Square for the historic occasion.

Election process began Monday

The doors of the Sistine Chapel had been closed to the world Monday as cardinals from six continents entered the conclave, the Roman Catholic Church's ancient and secretive process to elect a new pope.

To the sounds of the Litany of the Saints, the members of the College of Cardinals solemnly paraded into the chapel to take individual oaths of secrecy about the vote.

The vote formally began with the Latin directive "Extra omnes", meaning "all out." Anyone who is not one of the 115 cardinals taking part in the vote then left the chapel.

Once in the chapel, the cardinals were to have heard a "meditation" from 85-year-old Czech prelate Tomas Spidlik "on the need for careful discernment" in choosing the pope that will replace John Paul II, who died on April 2 at age 84.

"The new pope has already been chosen by the Lord," Italian Cardinal Ennio Antonelli said Sunday. "We must only pray to know who it is."

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, a German cleric seen as a front-runner for the papacy, on Monday appealed to cardinals to choose a pope who would resist calls for change to the church's guiding principles.

His words were greeted with an unusual round of applause from the 115 cardinals from 52 nations who are eligible to elect the next pope. (Two of the 117 cardinals under the eligible age of 80 are ill and cannot attend the conclave.)

"We are moving toward a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as for certain and which has as its highest goal one's own ego and one's own desires," 78-year-old Ratzinger said during his homily early Monday

Liberals looking to modernize the Catholic faith say the church should relax its policies on birth control and consider giving women a more prominent role in church affairs in order to remain relevant to more of the world's 1.1 billion Catholics.

John Paul refused to consider such changes during his 26-year papacy.

Secret balloting to continue Tuesday

The stove on the right is used to burn ballot papers during the conclave, whereas the stove on the left is where canisters of chemicals used to make the smoke white or black are inserted. (AP photo)

During conclave, the cardinals will sit at 12 tables along the frescoed walls of the chapel, where each will write down one name on ballots printed in Latin. There, under the splendour of Michelangelo's Last Judgment, showing Christ raising up the chosen and rejecting the wicked, they will vote in a series of secret ballots until a consensus emerges.

No one can say how long the deliberations and voting will take, but Jesuit priest and journalist Thomas Reese expects this will be a brief conclave.

"If the conclave goes more than five days, the media are going to be outside saying, 'Crisis in the Church; cardinals divided.' And they don't want that message going out," he said in an interview with CBC.

"So I think there's a lot of psychological pressure on them to pick a pope within three or four days."

Three Canadian cardinals are taking part in the conclave: Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Quebec, Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte of Montreal and Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic of Toronto.

As an added precaution to the oaths of secrecy, the chapel has been wired to jam cellphone signals to prevent leaks.

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New Pope Elected on Second Day of Conclave

By WILLIAM J. KOLE, Associated Press Writer


Crowds gathered in St. Peter's Square watch a screen showing white smoke

emitting from the chimney at the Vatican Tuesday April 19, 2005.

VATICAN CITY - White smoke poured from a chimney at the Vatican and bells tolled on Tuesday evening, announcing to the world that a new pope was elected in the first papal conclave of the new millennium.

Crowds in St. Peter's Square chanted: "Viva il Papa!" or "Long live the pope!"

"It's only been 24 hours, surprising how fast he was elected," Vatican Radio said, commenting on how the new pope was chosen on the conclave's second day.

It was one of the fastest elections in the past century: Pope Pius XII was elected in 1939 in three ballots on one day, while Pope John Paul II was elected in 1978 in four ballots in one day. John Paul II's successor was elected after either four or five ballots over two days.

More pilgrims poured into St. Peter's Square, and the bells kept ringing 10 minutes after the original tolling. Pilgrims said the rosary as they awaited the name of the new pope, and prelates stood on the roof of the Apostolic Palace, watching as the crowd nearly doubled.

The bells rang at 6:04 p.m. (12:04 p.m. EDT) ending confusion over the smoke signal that had risen from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel. White smoke is used to announce the election of a new pope, along with the ringing of bells, which was added for this conclave.

The world awaited the formal announcement of the new pope, to be made on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica by Chilean Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estivez.

Niels Hendrich, a 40-year-old salesman from Hamburg, Germany, jumped up and down with joy and called his father on a cell phone. "Habemus papam!" he shouted into the phone, using the Latin for: "We have a pope."


White smoke rises from the chimney above the Sistine

Chapel in the Vatican, indicating a new pope has been elected

Antoinette Hastings, from Kent Island, Md., rose from her wheelchair, grasping her hands together and crying. She has artificial knees, making it tough to stand. "I feel blessed, absolutely blessed," she said. "I just wish the rest of my family were here to experience this with me."

The 265th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church succeeds John Paul II, who died April 2 at age 84 after gaining extraordinary popularity over a 26-year pontificate, history's third-longest papacy. Millions mourned him around the world in a tribute to his charisma.

Cardinals had faced a choice over whether to seek an older, skilled administrator who could serve as a "transitional" pope while the church absorbs John Paul's legacy, or a younger dynamic pastor and communicator

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Germany's Cardinal Ratzinger Elected Pope

By WILLIAM J. KOLE, Associated Press Writer


VATICAN CITY - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, the church's leading hard-liner, was elected the new pope Tuesday evening in the first conclave of the new millennium. He chose the name Pope Benedict XVI and called himself "a simple, humble worker."

Ratzinger, the first German pope since the 11th century, emerged onto the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica, where he waved to a wildly cheering crowd of tens of thousands and gave his first blessing as pope. Other cardinals clad in their crimson robes came out on other balconies to watch him.

"Dear brothers and sisters, after the great Pope John Paul II, the cardinals have elected me

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New Pope No Fan Of Rock, Pop Music

Newly elected Pope Joseph Ratzinger of Germany waves to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican on Tuesday. While Pope John Paul II took the stage with Bob Dylan and hobnobbed with the likes of Bono, his successor takes a different view of secular music.

In a 2000 book, 'The Spirit of the Liturgy," new Pope Benedict XVI extensively discusses the role of music in worship.

The former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, known as a conservative, writes that pop music "is aimed at the phenomenon of the masses, is industrially produced, and ultimately has to be described as a cult of the banal."

Rock music fairs no better. It is the "expression of elemental passions, is another kind of "worship" altogether.'' At rock festivals, he notes, "it assumes a cultic character, a form of worship, in fact, in opposition to Christian worship."

The points were made to distinguish music used in Catholic rituals from other forms of expression. Ratzinger notes that "liturgical music must lift man's heart to Christ rather than plunge it into intoxicating sensuality."

Pope Benedict XVI is an accomplished pianist and reportedly has a deep affection for Beethoven.

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This just in ...

Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate his innaugural mass on Sunday April 24th!

It will be broadcast live Sunday, 4 am EST (10 am Rome time).

moved from Pope Paul II - GaYToR 04/19

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New Pope Courts Groups at Installation

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press Writer


VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI formally began his stewardship of the Roman Catholic Church on Sunday, reaching out to Jews, other Christians and "nonbelievers alike" and asking for prayers from the hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and dignitaries gathered in St. Peter's Square as he assumed "this enormous task."

The former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who was known as the enforcer of church orthodoxy, said in his installation homily that as pope he would listen to the will of God in governing the world's 1.1 billion Catholics. "My real program of governance is not to do my own will, not to pursue my own ideas, but to listen, together with the whole church, to the word and the will of the Lord, to be guided by Him so that He himself will lead the church at this hour of our history," he said in his homily, read in Italian.

Wearing golden vestments and clutching his pastoral staff, Benedict began the ceremony by walking into the area under St. Peter's Basilica where St. Peter is believed to be buried, paying homage to the first pope and blessing the tomb with incense as a choir chanted.

At the end of the Mass, he blessed the crowd standing and waving as he rode in a white, open-topped jeep-like vehicle surrounded by security guards. The faithful reached out to him and snapped his picture. The new "popemobile" was not surrounded by the bulletproof glass installed around the vehicle used by John Paul after he was shot in 1981.

In one of the most symbolic moments of the two-hour Mass, Benedict was given his Fisherman's Ring and a woolen pallium, or shawl

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I heard a rumor There will Be a DVD On the Life of John Paul The 2nd?

If so when is the release date will Best Buy.com have it?

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ok!, when religious figures start to be considered CELEBRITIES, I think its time the human race gets their priorities in check!
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I heard a rumor There will Be a DVD On the Life of John Paul The 2nd?

If so when is the release date will Best Buy.com have it?

A friend of mine has been selling Pope John-Paul II DVDs for quite some time.

I've wanted a Pope lawn sprinkler, but you can't even find them on eBay.

I figure if Jesus Christ can be a SuperStar, the Pope is a celebrity. He draws crowds bigger than Clay Aiken...

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Pope's books selling like hotcakes: U.S. publisher


SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Joseph Ratzinger, who became Pope Benedict XVI last month, has another new title: best selling author, his U.S. publisher said on Wednesday. "It's just amazing the interest in the Pope's writings," said Mark Brumley, president of Ignatius Press, which has the U.S. rights to Benedict's writings. "We're reprinted over 300,000 copies of his books and we've sold out in the first couple of days all the copies we had on hand," he said. "Almost all of those 300,000 copies we're reprinted are spoken for."

The non-profit San Francisco-based publisher started printing Ratzinger's works a quarter century ago in an effort to spread the works of leading European theologians.

When Ratzinger's fellow cardinals named him successor to Pope John Paul II, Ignatius Press experienced an unprecedented surge in demand for books by the incoming pontiff. "We have a somewhat unique figure in this pope who was so prolific before becoming pope," Brumley told Reuters. "Most of the time you don't have a man elected to the papacy who has written, you know, three dozen books as Joseph Ratzinger has."

Among his most popular works are "Salt of the Earth," a transcript of a lengthy interview he gave nearly a decade ago, and the first volume of his memoirs.

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If you can let me know your friends adress I would love to purchase a DVd on Pope John Paul the 2nd Just personally e-mail me or PM me I also have aim aol at Drury04L

I'm looking forward to purching The DVD.


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