Sedes Vacans: Welcome to the Conclave
These days, Rome is a crimson (and black) tide of clergy. And with the voting cardinals all accounted for, we are ready for the papal lock in, officially known as conclave. Conclave kick off is supposed to be announced tonight at 7pm(Rome), 1 pm EST. Though we may not know what goes on behind closed doors, we have our eyes and ears on several journalists and websites that provide great information about the conclave. Here is our list of who to follow when the smoke blows:
- The players: Vatican Insider details the cardinals by country, continent, creator and our favorite: Papabile (papal possibility).
- Behind the Scenes: National Catholic Reporter employs slightly wry humor with its Conclave 101
- Facts: Catholic News Agency Catholic news providers to the English speaking world
- Betting: Paddy Power, from who will be the next to name, age, duration of conclave, Paddy Power offers a more fiscal look at the Pope, as well as idea on who the (non-voting) public wants to wear the mitre
- Adopt-a-Cardinal: yes, you can have a cardinal assigned to you to guide you in prayer through this conclave
- Whether tongue in cheek or completely serious, we have bookmarked both Popealarm.com, and Fantasyconclave.com
- The Vatican, with L’Osservatore Romano, has also published several historic conclave photos [which are used in this post]
- Clara Martinez Turco has the knack for sourcing great articles and links about the conclave, including: the Cardinals who twitter list and a Google map of the conclave. She definitely has an eye for anything Vatican.
- L’Osservatore (USA) english version of L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper
- Barbie Nadeau-correspondent for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, who was not just on the scene but the scene during the Amanda Knox trials,
- Trisha Thomas- amazing AP Reporter who is always on the scene, whether TV, print or her humorous blog Mozzarella Mamma
- Antonio Spadaro- tweeting Jesuit who created useful Vatican lists including the tweeting Cardinals and Vaticanisti lists.