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Fr. Tom Rosica reacts to the announcement of the Conclave Date

Published at 2013-03-11 12:03AM

Xt3 and the Archdiocese of Sydney caught up with Fr. Tom Rosica of Salt + Light, who is in Rome helping the Vatican Press Office during the conclave. In this video, Fr. Tom talks about reactions to the announcement that the Conclave will start on Tuesday 12 March 2013.

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Fr. Tom Rosica comments on Pre-Conclave Meetings and the Response of the Press

Last updated at 2013-03-10 11:56PM

Xt3 and the Archdiocese of Sydney caught up with Fr. Tom Rosica of Salt + Light, who is in Rome helping the Vatican Press Office during the conclave. In this video, Fr. Tom talks about the atmosphere in Rome as the Congregation prepares for the election of a new Pope!

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Conclave Timetable

Published at 2013-03-10 11:11PM

The director of the Holy See’s press office, Father Federico Lombardi, sj, has explained what will happen during the first days of the papal conclave.

After the special votive mass on Tuesday morning held to pray for the election of a new pope at 3:45pm the cardinals, who will have already occupied their rooms in the residence of the Domus Sanctae Marthae (Latin for Saint Martha’s house), will go from there to the Pauline Chapel in the Apostolic Palace.

At 4:30pm, they will then process from the Pauline Chapel to the Sistine Chapel and, after they have all taken the oath, the Master of Papal Liturgical Celebrations will give the order “Extra omnes” for all those not taking part in the Conclave to leave the Sistine Chapel.

The cardinals will listen to a meditation given by Cardinal Grech, concerning the grave duty incumbent on them and on the need to act with right intention for the good of the Universal Church, after which they will proceed to the first vote. At 7:00pm they will pray Vespers and, at 7:30pm, will return to the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

On Wednesday, 13 March, the cardinals will go from the Domus Sanctae Marthae to the Pauline Chapel at 7:45am where, at 8:15am, they will celebrate Mass. At 9:30am they will enter the Sistine Chapel, pray the Liturgy of the Hours, and proceed to the voting process. Around 12:00pm they will return to the Domus Sanctae Marthae and, after lunch there, will go back to the Sistine Chapel at 4:00pm where they will pray briefly and resume the voting procedure until 7:00pm.

From Wednesday onwards the cardinals will vote twice each morning and afternoon. The smoke signalling the election or non-election of a pontiff that is produced from the burning of the ballots from those two voting processes will take place at around 12:00pm, in the case of the morning, or 7:00pm, in the case of the evening. If, however, the first of the two votes produces an election the ballots will be burned immediately.

If after four days of voting there is no result there will be a break on the fifth day in order to pray, discuss matters, and listen to a brief exhortation given by the senior cardinal in the Order of Deacons.

More details from the Vatican Information Service - http://www.news.va/en/news/cardinals-prepare-for-imminent-conclave

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Final Preparations for Conclave

Last updated at 2013-03-11 4:57AM

By Katrina Lee, Director of Communications, Archdiocese of Sydney

Cardinals celebrated mass in their titular churches in Rome on Sunday as preparations continued for their arrival in the Sistine Chapel on Tuesday to begin the Conclave and the election of the new pope.

Cardinal George Pell celebrated Mass at Parrocchia di Santa Maria Domenica Mozzarello towards the outskirts of Rome where he met and chatted with many of the local parishioners.

Meantime preparations are continuing in the Sistine Chapel for Tuesday when the 115 Cardinals or electors will arrive to begin the Conclave.

The Cardinals will arrive early Tuesday at Domus Sanctae Marthae, their residence inside the Vatican walls for the duration of the Conclave. They will celebrate mass and at 3.45pm at the Pauline Chapel in the Apostolic Palace. At 4.30pm they will process from the Pauline Chapel to the Sistine Chapel which will take around a hour.

After taking an oath the Master of Papal Liturgical Celebrations will give the order "Extra Omnes" for all those not taking part in the Conclave to leave the Sistine Chapel. This will be those Cardinals, thirty eight of them, who because of age are not eligible to vote.

The Cardinals will then listen to a meditation on the importance of their forthcoming responsibilities after which they will make the first vote. Then at 7pm they will pray Vespers before returning to their residence.

On Wednesday they will celebrate Mass before returning to the Sistine Chapel for voting. There are two ballots in the morning and afternoon.

The "fumata" , the smoke signalling the election or non-election of a pope that is produced for the burning of the ballots could be expected around 12noon following the morning session or 7pm in the case of the evening.

If there is no decision after the third day the Cardinals will break and have a one day retreat before returning to the chapel.

In the Sistine Chapel workmen have been building a false floor over the uneven mosaic floor and the 115 cherry wood chairs are being put in place, each engraved with the name of the Cardinal who will occupy it.

The chimneys have been installed and tested. Chemicals will be added to produce the black or white smoke - black for no result and white for a positive result to announce the new pope.

Millions of people around the world will be focused on the chimney for the puff of white smoke and to hear the bells chime when the vote has been concluded and the new pope has been elected by a minimum of two thirds or 77 votes.

While thousands will gather in St Peter's Square, the new Pope will officially accept the position, be vested, greet his Cardinals as Pope for the first time and go to the balcony. This will take around 45 minutes.

The Cardinals will stand behind the Pope and a new era in the church will begin.
Many in Rome hope there will be a number of new appointments to address a wide range of issues, for example Secretary of State.

Some here hope this role will be announced within 24 hours of the Pope's election. Other roles may not be so quick.

After all, this is not called the Eternal City for nothing.

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Chimney Installed on Roof of Sistine Chapel

Last updated at 2013-03-09 10:49PM

The chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel, which will emit the smoke to indicating the election (white smoke) or non-election (black smoke) of a pope, was installed on Saturday 9 March, three days before the Conclave is scheduled to begin.

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