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March 19th, 2013
11:24 AM ET

VIDEO: Pope Francis offers message of protection in inaugural mass

CNN's Chris Cuomo and CNN contributor Father Edward Beck on the unique elements of Pope Francis's installation mass.

Filed under: Vatican
March 19th, 2013
11:18 AM ET

Vatican deputy spokesman Rosica: Pope Francis has boldnes and courage of John Paul II

Vatican deputy spokesperson Father Thomas Rosica on importance of Pope Francis's installation mass.

Filed under: Pope Francis • Pope John Paul II • Uncategorized • Vatican
March 12th, 2013
11:53 AM ET

Cardinal Egan on 'Starting Point': The 5 qualities the next pope must have

This morning on "Starting Point," Cardinal Edward Egan, the former Archbishop of New York, talks with Soledad O'Brien about the beginning of the papal conclave, and shares his experience over the last four papal conclaves that he participated in.


I'll give you five.

First of all, the person who is chosen has to be someone who loves to pray, leads public prayer with great enthusiasm and devotion and prays privately and continually. That's number one.

Number two, we look for a cardinal who will become the pope and is one who can repeat the message of the gospel, attractively and completely, and with great fervor.

Number three. It has to be someone who can lead the faithful in the great issues of our day, and I identify them for you: Justice, compassion, and peace.

Number four. It has to be someone who knows how to - they like to say in Rome, govern. How to administrate, how to run a world-wide organization, and that doesn't mean you do everything yourself. It means that you find others who do things for you and with you.

Number Five. It has to be someone who can handle criticism. And handle it with great calm, and with total trust in the Lord. If that is lacking, you are in trouble.

I'll tell you - I am interested, but I'm not available. Somehow or another the years passed and I am 80 years old and therefore not available. I also not as healthy as I used to be, I asked the doctor why. And he said 1932. And so, I'm believing that is exactly the situation. Maybe 1932 is the reason I'm not voting either.

I would never name anyone, but I would say that the choices are broader than they used to be. I have been involved believe it or not in an awful lot of conclaves.

I was living in Rome teaching at the North American College when Paul VI was elected. And all of the cardinals in the United States and Canada were living with us. I listened to the consulate breakfast, lunch and supper throughout the day.

Then, for John Paul I and II, I was the judge of the Rota, the Supreme Court, you might say, of the Catholic Church. And for hundreds and hundreds of years, judges were assigned - there were 14 of us, to guard the cardinals in the conclave.

I wish you could have seen us. Some of us were to tottering at 75 and so forth. We weren't great guards.

Well, most who are to leave is the 14 Rota judges who did the guarding. When they say leave, we leave, along with a doctor and a few others. So, that's three.

And then I was a voter and an elector during the election, the conclave for Benedict XVI, and I just came back from Rome. And I said good-bye to Pope Benedict, and he told me I was to come back and tell New York how grateful he was for perhaps his most successful visit anywhere, here in the center of the world.


Many years ago I was chairman of the board of the Pontifical North American College in Rome, the college where they are living at now. And I was looking for a new rector. And I knew I wanted Father Dolan from St. Louis.

So, I got on a plane, and went over and saw Cardinal Piolagi (ph), who was the head of the congregation for Catholic education and would make the decision. And I went in and I said I want Father Dolan to be the rector of the American College.

And he said, (SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE), you don't do things that way. And I said, (SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE), in Rome you do that, you know? Here are my reasons and here are 13 letters from the 13 members of the board of trustees. We want Father Dolan.

So we went in and have lunch, and he said, you can go home and have your Father Dolan. So, I've known him that long. And we are very good friends. I like him very much.

Will he be pope? Any one of 115 could be pope.

Filed under: Papal conclave • Vatican
March 12th, 2013
08:40 AM ET

VIDEO: First papal conclave vote likely to be 'learning experience' – Msgr. Hilgartner & Father Beck on what can be gleaned

Father Edward Beck and Monsignor Richard Hilgartner on how the first papal conclave vote will be a learning experience for voting cardinals.

Filed under: Papal conclave • Vatican
March 11th, 2013
10:08 AM ET

VIDEO: Will Cardinals who are active in social media lead pack in choice for pope?

Father Edward Beck & Msr. Richard Hilgartner on how cardinals who embrace social media could lead pack for pope.

Filed under: Social media • Vatican
March 8th, 2013
08:06 AM ET

VIDEO: Cardinals to set date for papal conclave today – Ben Wedeman reports

CNN's Ben Wedeman reports Cardinals vote today on a date to start conclave to select next pope.

Filed under: Conclave • Vatican
March 1st, 2013
10:52 AM ET

Cardinal George: CNN's influence on the selection of the next pope

This morning on "Starting Point," Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago, talks to Soledad O’Brien about the process of picking the next pope and CNN's impact on the process.

In particular, Cardinal George said that the names floated as possible successors on CNN are good choices, and may actually impact the selection process.

“You’re talking about them on CNN and other great networks," Cardinal George says. "And they’re interesting conversations you’re having. You help us. And I must say that the people you’re talking about would be good candidates from what I’ve seen so far. Eight years ago I recall listening to the media and I thought they don’t know who the candidates really are. There are some wild guesses going on. This time somebody’s done his or her homework and I think you’re coming up with good names.”

Filed under: Conclave • Pope • Vatican
February 28th, 2013
11:46 AM ET

What are the next steps for picking a new pope? Msgr. Hilgartner explains

Msgr. Rick Hilgartner on the next steps in the process for choosing a successor for Pope Benedict XVI.

Filed under: Pope • Vatican
February 27th, 2013
11:15 AM ET

VIDEO: Clock ticks down on Pope Benedict XVI's papacy – John Allen on selecting the next pope

CNN sr. Vatican analyst John Allen on the tone of Pope Benedict XVI's final public appearance and picking the next pope.

Filed under: Pope Benedict XVI • Vatican
June 13th, 2012
03:03 PM ET

NETWORK executive director Sister Simone Campbell on nuns rift with Vatican, says it's 'key time' for Catholic church

Members from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, a group that represents roughly 80% of nuns in the United States, met with Vatican leaders to address claims that they have strayed from Catholic doctrine and they practice "radical feminism."

The Vatican gave a stern statement after that meeting, saying the nuns remain "under the supreme direction of the Holy See." The group's president, Sister Pat Farrell, says the group's members will decide how to proceed from here.

Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK, the national Catholic social justice lobby, talks with Soledad this morning on the rift with the Vatican and explains the group's position.

See the transcript after the jump.


Filed under: Catholic Church • Vatican