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The tradition of putting the cardinals behind lock and key dates back to 1274, which began the longest conclave ever, lasting two years and eight months.
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Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Kings 8:22-23, 27-30
Then, in the presence of the whole assembly of Israel, Solomon ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 84:3, 4, 5, 10, 11
Even the sparrow has found a home, the swallow a nest to place ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 7:1-13
The Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from ... Read More

Saint of the Day

February 9 Saint of the Day

St. Apollonia
February 9: St. Apollonia, who died in the year 249, was martyred for not ... Read More