College of Cardinals Imposes Media Blackout

The Washington Post’s Jason Horowitz reports that the College of Cardinals, which will elect the next pope, decided on Wednesday to cut off all formal communications with media. Many Vatican insiders believe that the decision is a political one, a reaction to attempts by American cardinals to keep the public informed of the process. Horowitz writes,  “One Vatican official speaking on background said that Italian cardinals, some of whom stand to benefit most from a quick conclave, had expressed misgivings about the American news conferences, during which U.S. prelates articulated what they were looking for in a pope. They often described criteria that did not match the characteristics of cardinals in the curia.” 

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