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Fun Fact of the Day: Hunger Games, Vaticano style

In recent memory, the papal conclave has generally been a rather quick affair — but that wasn't always the case.
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Cardinals attend a mass at the St. Peter's basilica before the start of the conclave on March 12, 2013, at the Vatican. (Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)
While this gradual starvation of cardinals as impetus to make a decision is perhaps a necessary evil, we still aren't sure that forcing such a momentous decision on a group of hungry older gentlemen is necessarily the most logical option.

Can a Canadian save the Catholic Church?

MONTREAL — Cardinal Marc Ouellet's rise in the Catholic Church comes with the most Canadian of plot twists: a hockey injury. Quebecers may share his love of hockey, but Ouellet’s critics say his conservative values are out of step with modern-day liberal Quebec. Now, he's considered a contender to become the next pope.
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