What's in a name? A lot if you're pope

Mar 14, 2013

What's in a name? A lot if you're pope

From Pius to Clement, Hilarius to Simplicius, papal names from down the centuries are inextricably linked to the brilliant or wretched legacies of the men who have ruled the Vatican. Cardinals gathered in a secret conclave to elect a new pope to head up ...

Vatican reveals formula for smoke

Mar 14, 2013

Vatican reveals formula for smoke

The famous smoke from a chimney to indicate whether cardinals locked away in the Sistine Chapel have elected a pope is not created just by burning used ballots, the Vatican said Tuesday. “We use smoke flares,” said Paolo Sagretti, who was in charge of ...

Pope considers new election rules and date

Feb 22, 2013

Pope considers new election rules and date

Pope Benedict XVI may enact a new law governing the upcoming conclave to elect a new pope amid continued uncertainty over when the voting can begin. The Vatican’s spokesman said Wednesday he didn’t know for sure if the law would address the timing of ...