Joining the Papal Watch


Image from Vatican Visitor

Despite being saddened by the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, we in the Catholic Church has not only accepted such, but deem it an act of humility and selflessness on his part.

With the Conclave convening today at the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel, we all wait and hope and pray for a new pope to be elected to lead the Church and be in place by Easter.

Each one of  115 cardinals are eligible to elect a new pope  and are expected to vote during the conclave. At least a two-thirds majority, or 77 votes would be considered a ruling.

In preparation and anticipation, a brilliantly executed mock conclave was recently enacted by the St Louis Catholic School in Virginia, U.S.A., complete with red birretas. All the young men who partcipated were apparently part of the corps of altar servers.

On another note, my sister-in-law just shared with me earlier the Pope Alarm, wherein you can sign up to be notified as soon as a new pope has been elected.  It’s so cool that I quickly signed up, followed it on Twitter, and decided to blog about it. =)

Are you joining the Papal Watch? Are you, by chance, rooting for any cardinal in particular? Do you think a new pope will be elected within next week?


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