Pope Resignation

12:53pm

Tue March 12, 2013
The Two-Way

5 Things About Popes And Their Names; Like, Why Do They Change Them?

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 2:53 pm

Pope John II, whose name at birth was Mercurius. When he became pope in 533 he changed his name — starting a tradition that continues.
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Update at 5 p.m., March 13: The new pope's name will be Francis — one that hasn't been used before.

Our original post, written before Pope Francis was chosen:

It's not required, but it's almost surely going to happen:

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6:11am

Mon March 11, 2013
The Two-Way

A Rough Guide To The Papal Conclave

Originally published on Mon March 18, 2013 6:34 pm

Cardinals gathered in Vatican City on Monday, a day before the papal selection process known as the conclave begins.
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The stage is now set for the opening act of one of the more spectacular and intriguing theatrical dramas on the planet: the election of a pope.

In Rome, TV camera crews have set up their positions on big platforms overlooking St. Peter's Square and the Vatican, where the secretive process will begin Tuesday.

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6:35am

Sun March 10, 2013
Religion

Sistine Chapel Conclave Prep Includes Ensuring Social Media Blackout

Originally published on Sun March 10, 2013 5:35 pm

Wi-Fi will be blocked throughout Vatican City during the conclave, and cardinals with Twitter and Facebook accounts have been warned.
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Last-minute preparations are under way at the Vatican where the conclave to elect the new pope begins Tuesday.

The 115 cardinal electors will remain at the Sistine Chapel incommunicado from the rest of the world as they vote. In the era of social media, however, Vatican officials are taking every precaution to prevent cardinals from yielding to the temptation to tweet and text.

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5:42am

Fri March 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Conclave To Choose New Pope Will Start Tuesday

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 9:41 am

Roman Catholic cardinals have been meeting at the Vatican to get to know each other better and to set a date for the start of the conclave that will choose the next pope. On Thursday, this cardinal was walking to one of those meetings.
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Update at 11:36 a.m. ET. Starts Tuesday:

"The eighth General Congregation of the College of Cardinals has decided that the Conclave will begin on Tuesday, 12 March 2013," reads a statement just sent to reporters by the Vatican Press Office. It adds that:

"A pro eligendo Romano Pontifice Mass will be celebrated in St. Peter's Basilica in the morning. In the afternoon the cardinals will enter into the Conclave."

Our original post — "Cardinals Expected To Set Date For Start Of Conclave":

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8:58am

Wed March 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Victims' Advocates Push For Some Cardinals To Be Barred From Papal Conclave

In Vatican City's St. Peter's Square on Wednesday, a man looked at the Italian magazine Chi's photo of former Pope Benedicxt XVI — the first such image since he stepped down last week.
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As Roman Catholic cardinals now gathered in Rome continue to make preparations for their conclave that will choose a new pope, NPR's Sylvia Poggioli tells our Newscast Desk that "advocates for victims of clerical sex abuse across the world are stepping up demands that three cardinals withdraw" from that process.

According to Sylvia:

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