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Papal Conclave News Resources
The Papal Conclave began on Tuesday, March 12. On Wednesday, March 13 white smoke issued from the Sistine Chapel, signifying the election of a new Roman Pontiff, Pope Francis. Stay updated on the latest news regarding the election of the new pope by reading the resources below.
News Sources, Articles, and Materials
Pope Francis Installation Mass Homily Text (March 19)
Cardinals Begin Pre-Conclave Meetings (March 4)
Blogs and News Sources
A Prayer for the next Sovereign Pontiff
Holding to Christ's promise that His Church is built on the invincible Rock of Truth, we, Your children, beseech You:
Give us a Shepherd after your own heart-- endowed with supernatural wisdom and courage, with unshakeable faith and deep humility, capable of sacrificial service. May he be zealous to defend Holy Mother Church, her sacred teaching, the integrity of her sacraments and her persecuted members throughout the world.
We invoke the Holy Spirit upon the coming conclave--to reveal with clarity and convincing force the man You have chosen to succeed Peter in these trying times.
And may the powerful intercessions of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Help of Christians and Mother of the Church, inspire and uphold all the Cardinal Electors, thwart any interference of the evil one and protect the next Bishop of Rome from every effort to harm or disarm him. Amen.
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