18/04/2005

Conclave begins

115 cardinals from across the world have entered the Vatican to elect a successor to Pope John Paul II. A public mass was held this morning before the cardinal electors were sealed inside the Vatican.

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15/04/2005

Bishops' Conference, Statement on Pope John Paul II

During our meeting at Hinsley Hall, 11-14 April 2005, we have thanked God for the outstanding ministry of Pope John Paul II. While we mourn his loss, we are also thankful for the witness he gave, in strength, in sickness and in his dying.

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15/04/2005

Cardinals hear Meditation on Church and World

Father Raniero Cantalamessa, until recently the preacher to the Pontifical Household, led a meditation for Cardinals on "the problems of the Church and the enlightened choice of the new Pontiff" yesterday.

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06/04/2005

Jean Vanier to speak at Westminster Cathedral

An exciting series of six public lectures hosted by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor on ‘Faith In Europe?’ opens this coming Wednesday, April 13, at 7pm in Westminster Cathedral. The first lecture, ‘Hope In Europe’, will be given by Jean Vanier, founder of the renowned L’Arche communities, and will be attended by over seventeen hundred people.

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11/04/2005

Procedures for electing the Holy Father

On Monday April 18th the cardinal-electors will gather in a conclave in the Sistine Chapel to elect the new Bishop of Rome and Pope.

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11/04/2005

Cardinal and Bishop Roche on new Liturgical documents

"The revised General Instruction to the Roman Missal, prepared by the Holy See; Celebrating the Mass, a document of our own Bishops’ Conference and the material for small group study and reflection, With Hearts and Minds, produced by the Liturgy Office, have something to offer us all. I hope the Church in England and Wales will take full advantage of them."

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06/04/2005

Conclave date set

The Conclave will start on April 18th it was announced this morning by Vatican press spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Vals.

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06/04/2005

Four hour wait doesn't deter Vatican crowds

600,000 people queued for an average of four hours to say goodbye to John Paul II, whose body lies in state in St. Peter's Basilica.

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05/04/2005

Third Congregation of Cardinals, information on Vacant See

Archbishop Piero Marini, master of the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff, and Holy See Press Office Director Joaquin Navarro-Valls, have held a press conference to provide some information on today's meeting of cardinals and on the period of the vacant see.

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05/04/2005

Cardinal arrives in Rome for Pope's Funeral

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor arrived in Rome in the early hours of this morning to attend the funeral of Pope John Paul II which takes place on Friday.

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04/04/2005

Vespers homily by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor in commeration of Pope John Paul II

My dear brothers and sisters, thank you for coming here this evening to commemorate the life of Pope John Paul II.

We have gathered to pray for the repose of his soul. We pray that God will welcome this, his servant, into the communion of eternal life with Him.

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