BLOG: Conclave
In the weeks leading up to the conclave the Cardinals are meeting in Rome to discuss the state of the Church and the profile of the new pope. It is no secret that questions of administration and governance at the Vatican have been raised. But there are also serious conversations going on about evangelization, inter-religious dialogue, ...read more
Cardinal Marc Ouellet with Peter Mansbridge and cameraman Dave Rae. (Sebastian Gomes) CBC. Standing on the rooftop of his apartment building in Vatican City, Marc Ouellet pointed across St. Peter’s Square towards the building that houses the Pope’s residence. “I used to come up here often in the evenings and I’d always see the lights on, ...read more
On the evening of Wednesday March 6 at 5:00pm Rome time (11:00am ET/8:00am PT), the Prayer for the Church on the Occasion of the General Congregations of the College of Cardinals will take place at the Altar of the Cathedra in St. Peter’s Basilica. The order of the service is as follows: The prayer will ...read more
The Cardinals gathered in General Congregation meetings in Rome wrote and send a telegram to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Below is the text of that telegram. TO HIS HOLINESS POPE EMERITUS BENEDICT XVI CASTEL GANDOLFO THE CARDINAL FATHERS, GATHERED AT THE VATICAN FOR THE GENERAL CONGREGATIONS IN VIEW OF THE NEXT CONCLAVE, SEND YOU THEIR ...read more
Photo: Cardinal Marc Ouellet hosts Salt and Light’s Fr. Thomas Rosica (left) and Sebastian Gomes (right) at his apartment at the Vatican on Saturday. Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the current Prefect of the Congregation of Bishops and a native of Lamotte, Quebec sat down with Peter Mansbridge at the Vatican for an exclusive pre-conclave interview on ...read more
Sebastian Gomes speaks with Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, D.C. in Rome on the final day of Pope Benedict’s Pontificate.  The Cardinal shares his thoughts on Pope Benedict’s departure, his lasting legacy, and the important characteristics of the new pope. ...read more
When the Swiss Guards closed the door to the palace at Castel Gandolfo, signifying the absence of a pope, three cardinals were left with the task of guiding the church until a new pope is elected. The Camerlengo, or Chamberlain, begins his work when the See of Peter is vacant. When a Pope dies, the ...read more
Reading from a sermon by Saint Leo the Great, Pope, from the Office of Readings for February 22, Feast of the Chair of St. Peter. Out of the whole world one man, Peter, is chosen to preside at the calling of all nations, and to be set over all the apostles and all the fathers ...read more
Below is the full text of the Homily delivered by Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Prefect of the Pontifical Comission for Latin America, during the opening mass for the ECCLESIA IN AMERICA congress, celebrating 15 years since the Synod of Bishops for America.    Dear friends, let us welcome this promise of God that resonates in the ...read more
Salt + Light is proud to present to you a complete video of the closing mass held in Dublin, Ireland, of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress. The presider was the papal legate, Marc Cardinal Ouellet, who serves as the Prefect for the Congregation of Bishops and President of the Pontifical Commission on Latin America. See ...read more