Reports on the Conclave of Cardinals from Chicago

Feb 25, 2013

Pope Changes Conclave Rules, Allows Earlier Start

Pope Changes Conclave Rules, Allows Earlier Start

Cardinal Francis George spoke at the Holy Name Cathedral Sunday afternoon in his last Sunday mass before heading to the Vatican to vote for a new pope.

Feb 21, 2013

Cardinal George: Idea of American Pope Not Far-Fetched

Cardinal George: Idea of American Pope Not Far-Fetched

Of the possible Americans who might be pope, it is New York’s Timothy Dolan and Boston’s Seán Patrick O'Malley who are getting the most buzz.

Feb 21, 2013

Pope Gives Emotional Farewell, Calls it a "Little Chat"

Pope Gives Emotional Farewell, Calls it a "Little Chat"

On Feb. 28, Pope Benedict XVI will leave Vatican City by helicopter at 5 p.m. (10 a.m. in Chicago) for Castel Gandolfo to become the first retired Pope in more than 600 years.

Feb 21, 2013

Dolan Excited by Possible Non-European Pope

Dolan Excited by Possible Non-European Pope

“I could be the next shortstop of the Yankees too,” he said when asked if he might preside over the Catholic faith after Benedict.

Feb 19, 2013

Speculation Mounts As Papal Conclave Nears

Speculation Mounts As Papal Conclave Nears

Not clear when cardinals will meet or how long conclave will last.

Mar 19, 2013

Catholics Optimistic About New Pope

Catholics Optimistic About New Pope

After Pope Francis' inauguration Tuesday in Rome, Catholics from Chicago and beyond were hopeful of the new leader's reach. Mary Ann Ahern reports from Rome.

Mar 12, 2013

Conclave To Elect New Pope Begins

Conclave To Elect New Pope Begins

After a morning procession and Mass, the secret conclave to choose a new pope has begun in Rome. What's next? Mary Ann Ahern reports.

Mar 11, 2013

Front Runners to Become the New Pope

Front Runners to Become the New Pope

There seems to be a difference of opinion between those who work inside the Vatican and those on the outside. Mary Ann Ahern reports.

Mar 10, 2013

Cardinal George Welcomed at Pre-Conclave Mass

Cardinal George Welcomed at Pre-Conclave Mass

Chicago s Cardinal Francis George received a warm welcome as he celebrated Mass Sunday morning at his titular parish at the Basilica of St. Bartholomew on Tiber Island.

Mar 1, 2013

Watch the Pope Leave the Vatican by Helicopter

Watch the Pope Leave the Vatican by Helicopter

Pope Benedict XVI’s departure from the Apostolic Palace to the summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, south of Rome, will be covered by more than two dozen television cameras and broadcast by the Vatican...

About Us
Reporter Mary Ann Ahern files from the field about the process of picking a new Pope. Ahern has covered the church for decades, was the first Chicago TV reporter to file from Vatican City. She was there for the selection of Benedict XVI.
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