A great pilgrimage – Summary of our coverage from Rome

March 17, 2013

Papal Election

By Scot Landry


George Martell and I set as our goal for these 2 weeks in Rome that if Archdiocese of Boston Catholics followed our coverage, we would provide you a sense of what it was like to be here in Rome during this papal transition.

We hope we have delivered on our goal through our articles, radio broadcasts, blogs, photos, videos and prayers.

If you started following our coverage late or midway through the process, we wanted to provide a compilation of it by category for those that might want to experience it from the beginning as a “pilgrim from Boston.


Pilot Articles

March 1 – What will Rome be like for a Boston Catholic during the Interregnum and Papal Conclave?

March 8 – My favorite activity in Rome

March 15 – The worldwide appreciation for Cardinal Seán and Cardinal Dolan



Broadcasts of The Good Catholic Life

Program #0478 for Thursday, February 28, 2013: Benedict’s Last Day; Cardinals’ presser; Phase 1 Pastors

Program #0481 for Tuesday, March 5, 2013: LIVE from Rome

Program #0482 for Wednesday, March 6, 2013: Latest Developments LIVE from Rome; Celebrating Mass in St. Peter’s; Criteria for the Next Pope; Assumption College in Rome

Program #0483 for Thursday, March 7, 2013: LIVE from Rome: Station Church of Ss. Cosmas and Damian; Seminarian and Priest; Cardinal Seán’s spokesman; Pilgrims from Boston

Program #0484 for Friday, March 8, 2013: LIVE from Rome: Conclave date set; In the Footsteps of John Paul II; Liturgy as Catechism; Two-Year Anniversary

Program #0485 for Monday, March 11, 2013: LIVE from Rome: Kathryn Lopez of National Review and Catholic Voices USA; Pilgrims from Buffalo

Program #0486 for Tuesday, March 12, 2013: LIVE from Rome: Mass for Election of a New Pope and the Conclave begins!

Program #0486A for Wednesday, March 13, 2013: LIVE from Rome: Catholic Voices USA, Our Sunday Visitor, and a Boston Catholic in the Vatican Museums

Program #0487 for Thursday, March 14, 2013: LIVE from Rome: Who is Pope Francis?

Program #0488 for Friday, March 15, 2013: LIVE From Rome: Cardinal Seán’s first press conference after the conclave

Program #0489 for Monday, March 18, 2013: LIVE from Rome: Reflecting on the experience and on Pope Francis




Blog posts on TheGoodCatholicLife.com

The Good Catholic Life Dispatches from Rome: The journey to Rome (Greg Tracy)

The Good Catholic Life Dispatches from Rome: Sede vacante (Greg Tracy)

The Good Catholic Life Dispatches from Rome: Seminarians reflect (Greg Tracy)

The Good Catholic Life dispatches from Rome: Reflections of Msgr. Connie McRae (Greg Tracy)

The Good Catholic Life Dispatches from Rome: Cardinals begin meetings (Greg Tracy)

The Good Catholic Life Dispatches from Rome: A cappuccino with Cardinal Seán

Press Conference with Cardinals O’Malley and DiNardo on March 5, 2013

The Good Catholic Life Dispatches from Rome: Cardinals DiNardo and O’Malley address the media (Greg Tracy)

Praying at Saint Peter’s Basilica

Lenten Station Churches – Basilica of Saints Cosmas and Damian

Welcome to readers of Cardinal Seán’s Blog!

News Conference on Liturgical Rites of the Conclave

Mass at the Tomb of Blessed John Paul II

Cardinal Seán celebrates Mass in his Titular Church

Who is Cardinal Seán O’Malley? 3 Pilot Profiles.

Sendoffs, Prayers and Black Smoke

What it was like to be in St. Peter’s Square when Pope Francis was elected

Cardinal Seán meets the press from Boston

Cardinal Seán’s St. Patrick’s Day Greeting for Boston Catholics

Visiting St. John Lateran Basilica – The Mother Church of the World

Visiting the Basilica of St. Mary Major

Visiting St. Paul’s Tomb

Pope Francis’ First Sunday Angelus



Photos on BostonCatholicPhotos.com

3/5 – 45 photos – Cardinal O’Malley and Cardinal DiNardo Press Conference

3/6 – 36 photos – Mass at St. Peter’s and Greeting SJS-MAM group

3/7 – 40 photos – Station Church: Saints Cosmas and Damian

3/8 – 42 photos – Mass at the Tomb of JP2

3/9 – 19 photos – Liturgical rites in the Conclave News Conference

3/10 – 50 photos – Day 6, Cardinal Sean celebrates Mass at his titular Church.

3/11 – 21 photos – Cardinal Seán celebrates Mass at NAC.

3/11 – 42 photos – Cardinal Sean celebrates Mass at NAC

3/12 – 59 photos – First day of Conclave, 2013

3/13 – 26 photos – Second day of the Conclave, 2013

3/13 – 27 photos – Habemus Papam, March 13, 2013

3/14 – 17 photos – Cardinal Sean Reflects on Conclave

3/15 – 122 photos – St. John Lateran, St. Mary Major, St. Paul Outside the Walls

3/16 – 17 photos – Pope Francis greets the world’s media

3/17 9 photos – Angelus

We are happy that many of George’s photos were picked up and utilized by media organizations across the country and the world.



Videos on YouTube.com/BostonCatholic or on BostonCatholicVideos.com

Scot Landry with 2nd update about the media briefing of Cardinals O’Malley and DiNardo

Scot Landry outside St. Peter’s Square with an update on the General Congregations

Press Conference – Cardinal Sean O’Malley and Cardinal Daniel DiNardo – March 5

Scot Landry outside Basilica of Saints Cosmas & Damien

Fr. Chris O’Connor preaches at the tomb of Blessed Pope John Paul II

Scot Landry with Fr. Chris O’Connor outside St. Peter’s Square

Scot Landry with Lisa Hughes of WBZ-TV

Chimney installed on roof of Sistine Chapel

Press conference on Conclave liturgies

Cardinal Sean’s homily at Titular Church – March 10, 2013

Scot Landry outside Santa Maria della Vittoria – March 10, 2013

Workers put in curtain over central balcony

Scot Landry on roof of NAC for Catholic Faith Essentials

Scot Landry with Kathryn Lopez from National Review

Holy (black) smoke #1

American Cardinals depart for the conclave

Mass for the election of a Pope – Procession of Cardinals

Mass for the election of a Pope – Pater Noster

Mass for the election of a Pope – Recessional

Scot Landry talks with Kim Daniels from CatholicVoices USA

Holy (black) smoke #2

White smoke!

Pope Francis first meets the people

Pope Francis’s first words to the world

Scot Landry & Fr. Roger Landry on WHDH-TV

Cardinal Sean’s press conference with the Boston media

Cardinal Sean describes some mementos from the Conclave

Cardinal Sean greets Pope Francis

Scot Landry outside St. Mary Major

Tomb of St. Paul

Scot Landry from St. Paul’s Outside the Walls



Prayer Requests

Overall, I received very many prayer requests.  Without getting into any of the details, the greatest number involved praying for loved ones who are ill, then for relatives who are away from the Church, for the Cardinals in Conclave, for those who are unemployed, for those who are pregnant, for spouses and for children, and a lot more unique prayer requests.

This was the first time in my life I solicited prayers to pray for other people.  The number and variety of prayer requests was humbling.   It made me imagine what it must be like for Jesus each day to hear so many requests (many millions times greater than what I was asked for which to pray) or for the Blessed Mother to intercede for so many.

It was an honor to be able to bring these requests into St. Peter’s and to our first Pope’s intercession.  Several others asked for me to pray at a particular tomb there, which I was able to do.


Thank you for visiting this blog for our special coverage here from Rome at TheGoodCatholicLife.com.  George’s photos can be viewed at www.BostonCatholicPhotos.com.

Scot Landry and George Martell


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