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Reports say that the U.S. spied on Pope Francis and others during the most recent Papal Conclave.
Reports say that the U.S. spied on Pope Francis and others during the most recent Papal Conclave.

Is nothing sacred?

From the UK Telegraph:

The National Security Agency spied on the future Pope Francis before and during the Vatican conclave at which he was chosen to succeed Benedict XVI, it was claimed on Wednesday.

The American spy agency monitored telephone calls made to and from the residence in Rome where the then Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio stayed during the conclave, the secret election at which cardinals chose him as pontiff on March 13.

The claims were made by Panorama, an Italian weekly news magazine, which said that the NSA monitored the telephone calls of many bishops and cardinals at the Vatican in the lead-up to the conclave, which was held amid tight security in the Sistine Chapel.

The information gleaned was then reportedly divided into four categories — “leadership intentions”, “threats to financial system”, “foreign policy objectives” and “human rights”.

At that time, Benedict XVI was Pope, suggesting that the Vatican may also have been monitored during the last few weeks of his papacy.

There are so many things to say about this. Things are out of control in our country, that is for certain, but this takes things to a whole new level and actually prompts more questions than there are good answers.

Just remember, we battle not flesh and blood, but powers and principalities.

St. Michael, defend us in battle.

Papal Conclave Schedule and Process

These infographics explain things in a much simpler and straightforward way than I ever could.

Tomorrow morning, early U.S. time, the Conclave will start and we will begin the process of electing the next Pope. The below graphic gives some detail as to how that will happen.


For more of a detailed schedule please read: Catholic World Report.

Pope Alarm: Habemus Papam Notification System

The Conclave will begin on Tuesday, March 12. Based on the schedule I have seen on Twitter, most of the early votes1 all happen at a time that is fairly convenient for American Catholics. Meaning, that if the white smoke comes billowing out, we can glue ourselves to some sort of technologically capable device to find out who will be the next Pope.

Yet, I awoke in a startle this morning with one thought: “What if they announce the Pope at 3:30am and I dont even find out for 3 or 4 hours!?!?”2

I thought it would be great if there could be some sort of warning system — AND THERE IS!


PopeAlarm.com is a very simply website. They will email or text you, or both, when the white smoke flies out the chimney of the Sistine Chapel. Sign up, because all the cool Catholics are doing it.


We are attending a funeral today, but I will try and get an update later of how and when the Conclave will convene as well as some of the very interesting stories coming out of the Vatican. The Americans are starting to garner lots of interest for various reasons, not excluding some starting to talk heavily about Burke and Dolan.

  1. Within 6 or 7 []
  2. No eyerolls about how bad this mentality is. []

From Taylor Marshall: 10 Reasons Cardinal Burke will be next Pope

Cardinal Raymond Burke

I have been waiting to see one of these types of posts for a while now. Father Z. has covered Ouellet. Arinze seems to have a few posts here and there, although people seem to think his age is a huge factor, and I would agree. But Burke didn’t have any of the bigger hitters coming out and actually saying, “he could be it…” The traditionalism he seems to support and defend is seen as a “detriment” but Taylor Marshall seems to think the opposite.

His post, Pope Prediction: 10 Reasons Cardinal Burke Will Be the Next Pope spells out his rationale for the prediction.

Here are a few examples, and then you really should go read the rest…

2. Burke thinks seriously.

6. Burke will help the cardinals and bishops do what they know they need to do: discipline dissenting Catholic politicians.

9. He is the Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura.

While he is on my list of folks I am “hoping” for, I know that the Conclave has a lot of factors aside from, “Who is the best candidate.”

Go read the rest and tell me what you think.

Pope Benedict to ‘resign’ Feb. 28 – New Pope by Easter?

Pope Benedict XVI gives communion to a n

If you don’t know already, I am sure you are as shocked as I am. Here is the report:

Pope Benedict XVI will resign from his papal office, effective February 28 at 8:00 PM local time.

“Dear Brothers, I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church,” he said in a statement addressed to cardinals. “After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry.”

“I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering,” he continued in his statement, which was dated February 10 and released by Vatican Radio on February 11. “However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me.”

“For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is,” he added.

“Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects. And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer.”

Lots more to come…