As the Catholic Church chooses a new pope, offers up-to-date coverage of the papal conclave, which begins Monday, April 18. Stay informed about current events with articles provided by Catholic News Service and daily reports from Rome by journalist Paul Wilkes. Read about the mood in Rome, biographies of papal candidates and this important chapter in Church history.

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Conclave Background


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