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Sovereign: His Holiness The Pope; Bishop Of Rome And Vicar Of Jesus Christ; Successor Of St. Peter, Prince Of The Apostles; Supreme Pontiff Of The Universal Church; Patriarch Of The West; Servant Of The Servants Of God; Archbishop And Metropolitan Of The Roman Province; Sovereign Of Vatican City State; Pope Paul VII


Secretariat of State

  • Secretary of State: Archbishop Loreno Giorgio
  • Secretary for the Relations with States: Archbishop Oscar Aveni
  • Substitute for General Affairs: Archbishop Arnaldo Cecchi
  • Delegate for Pontifical Representations:  Archbishop Sarbello Gaeta
  • President of Governorate of the Vatican City State: Archbishop Amerigo Manni
  • Almoner of His Holiness: Msgr. Ricario Zannini

College of Cardinals

  • Cardinal Dean: Cardinal Enrico Capponi


  • Pontifical Swiss Guard: 200 Guardsmen
  • Corps of Gendarmerie of Vatican City: 500 Officers

Primates of Nations

  • Republic of Italy: Archbishop Fermiano Cardinal Richardi
  • The Third French Empire: Archbishop Jerome Duranton
  • Northlands: Archbishop Marcel Kokholm
  • Plains Federation: Archbishop Jose Lopez
  • Confederacy Of Brazil: Archbishop Frederico Álvares
  • The Aidennic Council of Alexandria:
  • The Babylonian Empire:
  • New Zealand: Archbishop Walter Dodge
  • Union of the Southern Cross: Archbishop George Chanley
  • Principality of Tikal:
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Pope Anthony has Died


At 9:30pm, His Holiness Pope Anthony returned to the house of his Father. After several years of his pontificate, he led a strong and charismatic church. He will be forever remembered for his dedication to protecting objective moral truth and a proponent for European peace. The pope's body will be brought to St. Peter's Basilica to lie in state Monday afternoon. His body will be laid to rest in the crypt underneath St. Peter's Basilica.


"The Holy Father's final hours were marked by the uninterrupted prayer of all those who were assisting him in his pious death and by the choral participation in prayer of the thousands of faithful who for many hours had been gathered in Saint Peter's Square," Secretary of State Cardinal Michael da Vinci said.


The College of Cardinals have been summoned to Rome to choose Anthony's successor. After the official nine-day mourning period ends, the cardinals will hold a secret vote in the Sistine Chapel to choose a successor. There are currently 118 cardinal electors, and the next Vicar of Christ is up in the air. While there are some front runners, there is no clear victor.


"He who enters the conclave as pope, leaves it as a cardinal."

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"On behalf of the Roman Catholics of the State of Texas, and as one myself, I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of such a young Pope. Texas flags will remain at half mast until a new Pope is elected to lead and defend the Church of Christ." 


Anthony Sparks

Governor of The State of Texas




Cardinal Samuel Lewis would depart from the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese to the Vatican to participate in electing the next Holy Father.

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Pope Anthony's Funeral




Cardinal Enrico Capponi, Dean of the College of Cardinals, presided over Pope Anthony's funeral this afternoon. His funeral was attended by a very large crowd exceeding an early estimate of 1,500,000 people. The grief over the death of Pope AnthonyI was felt not only by Catholics but by everybody all over the world. Immediately after his death, the Vatican received thousands of requests from various countries, organizations and individuals across the world wishing to send their representatives to attend the funeral. The College of Cardinals was the one responsible for sending official invitations to the funeral of Pope Anthony but even before they did so, several countries had already expressed interest in sending representatives to the funeral. As a result, the College of Cardinal had to limit the number of attendants in each official diplomatic delegation to five people only.


The seats in the St. Peter’s Basilica were fully occupied during the Requiem Mass and the space outside the Basilica was full of mourners. Among the people who attended the funeral of Pope Anthony were religious leaders, politicians, educators, business people , prominent figures and ordinary people. As a matter of fact there were all sorts of people, from every corner of the world; members of both official and unofficial delegations. The body of Pope Anthony underwent all the existing rituals. His funeral was broadcasted live by several television networks across the world. Several digital screens were fixed at various locations outside Vatican City to broadcast the events as they happened.


During the funeral, security was very tight as security specialists said that terrorists might attempt to attack the dignitaries who attended the funeral. As a result the Italian government issued a no-fly zone within a five-mile radius of Rome. Police forces were all over and this facilitated a smooth run of events during the funeral.

The whole of St. Peter’ Square was filled with cardinals, priests, bishops, archbishops, bishops, world dignitaries, etc. and the event was followed by billions of people across the world. This funeral was a demonstration of how many people had loved the Pope and how religion is still influential in the Modern world.

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Conclave Begins



118 cardinals from around the world have descended upon St. Peter's Square to elect the next successor to St. Peter. The cardinals will be sealed and sword to secrecy in the Sistine Chapel. There will be four ballots a day until a candidate receives 2/3+1 majority. Cardinal Dean Enrico Capponi will lead the Conclave and administer voting procedures. The conclave cardinals may elect any baptized Catholic male, but since 1389 they have always elected a fellow cardinal. Observers of papal elections tend to consider a few cardinals more likely choices than the others —these are the papabili, the plural for papabile, an Italian word which is practically rendered into English as "pope-able". The frontrunner appears to be Secretary of State Cardinal Michael da Vinci, however at the age of 75 he is somewhat older than other candidates.


Other papabili are:

  • Cardinal Enrico Capponi, Dean of the College of Cardinals
  • Cardinal Fermiano Richardi, Primate of Italy
  • Cardinal Samuel Lewis, Metropolitan Archbishop of Galveston-Houston
  • Cardinal José Macário, Patriarch of Lisbon
  • Cardinal Horácio Pascoal, Metropolitan Archbishop of São Paulo
  • Cardinal Shaka Jacob, Metropolitan Archbishop of Bombay
  • Cardinal Andrew Park, Metropolitan Archbishop of Seoul
  • Cardinal John Tong Hon, Bishop of Hong Kong
  • Cardinal Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak, Patriarch of Alexandria

First Day of Conclave Yields No Pontiff




On the first day, the cardinals present in Rome, both voting and non-voting, gathered in St. Peter's Basilica in the morning for the Pro eligendo Pontifice concelebrated mass. The Dean of the College of Cardinals, Enrico Capponi, was the principal concelebrant and gave the homily. In the afternoon, the 118 cardinal-electors assembled in the Pauline Chapel and walked in procession through the Sala Regia into the Sistine Chapel chanting the Litany of the Saints. After taking their places, the "Veni Creator Spiritus" was sung. Then each cardinal elector in order of seniority placed his hands on the Gospels and made the following affirmation out loud in Latin:


    Et ego [forename] Cardinalis [surname] spondeo, voveo ac iuro. Sic me Deus adiuvet et haec Sancta Dei Evangelia, quae manu mea tango.

    And I, [forename] Cardinal [surname], do so promise, pledge and swear. So help me God and these Holy Gospels which I touch with my hand.


While making the oath, several Cardinals used the Latin forms of their names. Msgr. Carmine Pisoni, Papal Master of Ceremonies, then called out the words "'Extra omnes!"—"Everybody out!"— and the chapel doors were locked to outsiders. Once the doors were closed, the cardinals heard the second required meditation for the conclave, given by Cardinal Richardi, Primate of Italy.


Black smoke came out of the Sistine Chapel's chimney four times today, indicating that on the first day no candidate had received the required two-thirds of the votes cast. According to several media accounts of the first day, da Vinci and Richardi led with roughly equal numbers of votes, Park was a close third, and the rest of the votes were scattered among several others.

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Habemus Papam!




Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum:
Eminentissimum ac reverendissimum Dominum,
Dominum [Andrew] Sanctae Romanae Ecclesiae Cardinalem [Park],
Qui sibi nomen imposuit [Paulus Septimo].


The two rounds of voting on this morning proved inconclusive and black smoke was again sent out. da Vinci's candidacy stalled going into the last two ballots and votes began to converge around the candidacies of Richardi and Park. Sources report that at some point, Richardi threw his support behind Park, and by the first afternoon ballot—the sixth ballot of the conclave—Park became the clear front runner. On the final ballot, the cardinals, wishing to show a unified front, voted overwhelmingly in favor of Park, reportedly giving him more than 90 votes. Cardinal Lewis of Galveston-Houston reported that applause broke out during the tabulation when Park's count reached the 77 votes required for election.


When Park was asked if he would accept his election, according to Cardinal Macário of Lisbon, he said, "Although I am a sinner, I accept." He took the name Paul, in honor of Pope Paul VI and Saint Paul. Pope Paul VII is the first pope from Eastern Asia. His election symbolizes the cardinals' intentions of the Church playing a more proactive role in the Asian church. It also shows the need for the Church to be a messenger of peace, especially after the nuclear attacks in the Pacific.


The Cardinal Protodeacon Shaka Jacob of Bombay appeared at the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica and announced the election of the new pope and his chosen name, at which point the conclave concluded.



Then Cardinal Andrew Park of South Korea, now Pope Paul VII

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Vatican City


His Holiness Pope Paul VII has announced the following appointments and retirements for members of the Roman Curia.


Cardinal Michael da Vinci, retiring as Secretary of State

Archbishop Loreno Giorgio, incoming Secretary of State

Archbishop Amerigo Manni, previously Almoner of His Holiness appointed President of Governorate of the Vatican City State

Msgr. Ricario Zannini, appointed Almoner of His Holiness


Confederacy Of Brazil



Pope Paul VII has appointed Fr. Frederico Álvares as the Primate of Brazil. He will be ordained by Metropolitan Archbishop Sérgio da Rocha of Brasília in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Our Lady of Apparition. Álvares was born in São José do Rio Pardo in the State of São Paulo. After completing his elementary and lower secondary-school studies in São José do Rio Pardo, Álvares entered the Cistercian Monastery of São Bernardo in the same city. He studied philosophy at the Monastery of São Bento (St. Benedict) in São Paulo, and theology at the Salesian Theological Institute of Pope Pius IX in São Paulo.


Álvares made his religious profession as a monk and was ordained a priest. He was appointed prior of the monastery, while also acting as Parish Priest of the Parish of São Roque, as Diocesan Coordinator of Communications and Pastoral Care, and as professor at the Coração de Maria institute in São João da Boa Vista. When the Monastery of São Bernardo was raised to the status of an abbey, he was elected the first abbot.

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The Third French Empire



His Holiness Pope Paul VII has appointed Metropolitan Archbishop of Paris Jerome Duranton as the Primate of France. Duranton was born in Orleans to Armand and his wife, Paulette. The family later moved to Paris. Duranton completed his secondary studies at the Lycée Henri IV and entered the Seminary of Saint-Sulpice at Issy-les-Moulineaux. He then attended the Institut Catholique de Paris, from where he obtained his licentiate in moral theology. He was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Daniel Pezeril and to the priesthood by Cardinal François Marty.


During his priestly ministry, he worked especially in parochial catechetics and the formation of the laity. Duranton was vicar at the Parisian parish of Sainte-Jeanne de Chantal. He then served as director of his alma mater of the Seminary of Saint-Sulpice, also teaching moral and sacramental theology there. Duranton participated in different pastoral movements, including the Centre de préparation au mariage and the sessions of permanent formation of the clergy. He was later named vicar general of Paris, and was charged with the diocesan formation (the cathedral school and diocesan seminary), of the means of communications (Radio Notre-Dame, Paris Notre-Dame, Centre d'Information), of the familial pastoral, of the chaplains of public education, and of catechetics.


Duranto was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Paris and Titular Bishop of Thibilis by Pope Anthony. He received his episcopal consecration in Notre-Dame Cathedral from Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, with Bishops Pézeril and Gabriel Vanel serving as co-consecrators. Duranto was appointed Archbishop of Tours later, and then Archbishop of Paris. He was installed in Paris , and additionally appointed Ordinary of French Catholics of the Eastern Rites


Union of the Southern Cross



His Holiness Pope Paul VII has appointed Metropolitan Archbishop of Sydney George Chanley as the Primate of Union of the Southern Cross. Chanley was born in Sydney. During high school a priest from St. Felix's parish discouraged him from becoming a priest because he had not finished his secondary education, had not studied in Catholic schools and his family background was definitively "unsuitable", due to financial difficulties after his grandfather died. He worked at the New South Wales Department of Road Transport as a junior clerk, having to stop his schooling. He later went directly to Archbishop Norman Thomas Gilroy of Sydney to present his case for entering the priesthood; the Archbishop Gilroy agreed and he entered St. Columba's College (seminary), Springwood.

He was ordained a priest of the diocese of Sydney in St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney, by Cardinal Gilroy. He volunteered to transfer to the Diocese of Wagga Wagga and he was assigned to the small parish of Yenda.


Bishop Francis Henschke of Wagga Wagga asked him if he would like to go to Rome to study canon law; he agreed and left for Rome. While studying in Rome, he resided at Collegio Sant'Apollinare, next to Piazza Navona. He completed his education studying at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, where he obtained a doctorate in canon law with a dissertation on the history and juridical nature of apostolic delegations, and at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, also in Rome,  where he obtained a diploma in diplomatic studies. After finishing his studies, he joined the Vatican diplomatic service.


He served in the nunciatures in India, Ireland, and Portugal. He was appointed counselor of the apostolic delegation in the United States, but as the nuncio in Ireland, Archbishop Giuseppe Sensi, was then transferred to the nunciature in Portugal, had to stay in Dublin until the following November, when he was named instead counselor of the nunciature in El Salvador, where he remained until the end of his term, becoming then counselor of the nunciature in Argentina until his promotion to the episcopate.


At the age of 46, he was appointed Titular bishop of Amantia and Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to the Republic of China. He was consecrated by Cardinal Jean-Marie Villot assisted by Archbishops Giovanni Benelli and Matthew Beovich, representing Cardinal Sergio Pignedoli. He later served as Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Bangladesh, and after that as Apostolic Delegate to Southern Africa and Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Lesotho.


He served in Southern Africa untilhe was appointed Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to the Netherlands, where he served until he was appointed Substitute of the Secretariat of State in the Roman Curia. After only a year he was appointed as president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Ten years later he returned to his native Australia as the newly appointed Metropolitan Archbishop  of Sydney. Archbishop Chanley will play a decisive role in the Holy See's initiative to promote peace and dialogue in the Pacific, especially with his renowned diplomatic career.

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The Government of New Zealand, on behalf of the many Catholics within our borders, respectfully requests the Holy See appoint a Primate for New Zealand, as well as go about reorganizing the priesthood and the laity here.

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His Holiness Pope Paul VII has appointed Metropolitan Archbishop of Utrecht Marcel Kokholm as the Primate of Northlands. Marcel Kokholm was born on 22 June in Duivendrecht, North Holland, Netherlands. Kokholm studied medicine at the University of Amsterdam and received his degree. After an intensive deliberation with then Bishop Simonis, he started at the seminary of Rolduc in Kerkrade to become a priest. He combined his theological formation with the study of medical ethics at Leiden University. He was ordained to priesthood and was incardinated in the Diocese of Roermond. Then he went to work as a curate in the parish of St. Anthony of Padua in Venlo Blerick. He then completed a Ph.D. degree in medicine, with a dissertation about euthanasia.


Kokholm is an alumnus of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas Angelicum where he completed a PhD in philosophy with a dissertation entitled The Ethical Problems of Genetic Engineering of Human Beings. Kokholm also gained a master's degree and doctorate in theology at the Pontifical Lateran University of Rome. At the same time he taught moral theology at the seminary of Rolduc. Kokholm was Professor of moral theology at Lugano in Switzerland, in pontifical Faculty of Theology there. He was later appointed a member of the International Theological Commission.


When Kokholm was appointed as bishop of Groningen-Leeuwarden, he chose the motto Noli recusare laborem ("Do not reject the work"), taken from the last prayer of St. Martin. Kokholm is known to be orthodox. Some consider his views relatively extreme compared to the majority of the Dutch people, especially his views on abortion and homosexuality. Others have argued that he has done nothing else but restate official Roman Catholic teachings.


Pope Anthony appointed Archbishop Eijk a member of the Congregation for the Clergy in addition to his duties as Archbishop of Utrecht. In addition to his duties on the Congregation for the Clergy, ohe was appointed a member of the Congregation for Catholic Education.

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New Zealand



His Holiness Pope Paul VII has appointed Metropolitan Archbishop of Wellington Walter Dodge as the Primate of New Zealand. John Dew was born in Waipawa, he attended St. Joseph's Primary School, Waipukurau and St Joseph's College, Masterton. His tertiary education was at Holy Name Seminary, Christchurch (Philosophy) and at Holy Cross College, Mosgiel (Theology). He was ordained priest at Waipukurau by Cardinal Reginald Delargey. He served as a priest in St Joseph's Parish; Diocese of Rarotonga; Archdiocesan Youth Ministry; Cook Islands Maori Community and then on the staff of Holy Cross College, Mosgiel. He studied Spirituality at the Institute of St. Anselm, Kent, United Kingdom. He returned to New Zealand where he was the parish priest at St. Anne's Parish, Newtown.


He was later ordained as Auxiliary Bishop for the Wellington Archdiocese. He then served as the secretary of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops' Conference. He was Conference Deputy for: the National Committee for Professional Standards, Finance, Moderator of the Tribunal, Military Ordinariate and the National Council for Young Catholics. He was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Wellington and succeeded Cardinal Williams as Archbishop of Wellington.


Dodge achieved some prominence at the Bishops' Synod on the Eucharist at the Vatican five years ago when he advocated divorced and remarried Catholics being able to receive the Eucharist. He said that bishops have “a pastoral duty and an obligation before God to discuss and debate the question.” He urged the assembly to reconsider the Church ban, referring to it as a "source of scandal", adding "Our Church would be enriched if we were able to invite dedicated Catholics, currently excluded from the Eucharist, to return to the Lord's Table."

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Plains Federation



His Holiness Pope Paul VII has appointed Metropolitan Archbishop of San Antonio Jose Lopez as the Primate of Plains Federation. Lopez was born to Patrico and Trinidad Fernandez de Lopez, American migrant workers, in Ganado, Texas. In the tenth grade he considered dropping out of school after his father had become ill, but was persuaded to stay after a bishop agreed to finance his education. He worked as a janitor at a local cantina and decided to make the world a cleaner and more habitable place by becoming a priest. He graduated from Catholic Kirwin High School in Galveston, Texas. He studied at St. Mary's Seminary in La Porte, Texas and at St. Mary's Seminary in Houston. He received his divinity degree and was ordained a priest in Galveston. He then served as a parish priest in the Diocese of Galveston-Houston. Fr. Lopez was appointed by Pope Anthony as an auxiliary to the archbishop of San Antonio. After serving as auxiliary bishop for five years, he was appointed a Titular Archbishop and President of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People in the Roman Curia. He also served as a member of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, and Pontifical Commission for Latin America. After serving over ten years in the Holy See's central governing body, he was later appointed bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of El Paso and then the Archbishop the of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio, which is one of the largest ecclesiastical province in the United States.


His motto is Laborabo non mihi sed omnibus, "I will work not for myself but for others".

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