By Brian Bethune - Monday, February 18, 2013 - 0 Comments
Brian Bethune on the papal contenders
Maclean’s writer Brian Bethune is in Rome for the conclave. Watch Macleans.ca for his reports.
For all his forewarning, Pope Benedict XVI, whose eight-year pontificate has been one long series of surprising moments, managed to stun the world once again. And once the Roman Catholic Church absorbed the news that its supreme pontiff was abdicating—an announcement fitly followed, only hours later, by a bolt of lightning striking the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica—it was clear that Benedict had set the stage for the most wildly unpredictable papal election in centuries.
It’s never been easy to guess in advance how 100 or so men, huddled in the Sistine Chapel under Michelangelo’s famous ceiling, would vote. Now, the uncertain effects of the Church’s changing demographics, the protracted lead time to the electoral conclave, the precedent of the resignation itself and the unsettling presence of an ex-pope responsible for elevating to the College of Cardinals many of the same men who will choose his successor, have sent Vatican watchers scrambling. And as they try to reassess their established ranks of papabiles—literally, “pope-ables,” those reckoned to stand an electoral chance—only one name seems to emerge in every serious list’s top three: Canada’s Cardinal Marc Ouellet, former archbishop of Quebec City and now, as prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, one of the most powerful men in the Church.
By Paul Wells - Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 9:19 AM - 0 Comments
From the Inkless mailbox. We are always excited when the foreign minister visits an actual country. It helps us through the quiet days while we wait for the intergovernmental minister to visit a province.
MINISTER BERNIER TO VISIT CROATIA, ITALY AND THE HOLY SEE
The Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will travel to Croatia, Italy and the Holy See from May 19 to 22, 2008. In Croatia, the Minister will be accompanied by Parliamentary Secretary Deepak Obhrai and Lynne Yelich, Member of Parliament for Blackstrap. In Italy and the Holy See, the Minister will be accompanied by Mr. Obhrai. Continue…