Saturday, February 16, 2013
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Holy Shroud of Turin
Vatican Conclave may get off to an early start ~ link ~ The Vatican raised the possibility Saturday that the conclave to elect the next pope might start sooner than March 15, the earliest date possible under current rules that require a 15 to 20 day waiting period after the papacy becomes vacant.
Vatican may bring forward caucus for next pope ~ link ~ The Vatican is studying calls from cardinals to hold a papal conclave earlier than planned, after Pope Benedict XVI steps down on 28 February.
Could the next Pope be American? ~ link ~ The world has never seen an American pope.
Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said that Vatican rules on papal succession are open to interpretation and that "this is a question that people are discussing."
Under current rules, the election can be held on 15 March at the earliest, to allow cardinals enough time to travel to Rome.
Vatican raises possibility of early March Conclave - video ~ link
Conventional wisdom holds that no one from the United States could be elected to fill the venerable position and that the Vatican has more than enough worldly influence without an American in the seat of St. Peter.
But after Pope Benedict XVI's extraordinary abdication, church analysts are wondering whether the idea of a U.S. pontiff remains off the table.