Update, Wednesday, March 13
– from RTE News:
“Meanwhile, Pope Benedict’s former child abuse investigator, Bishop Charles Scicluna, has said the pontiff resigned last month to rid the Vatican of officials he could not trust.
“In a taped conversation with a journalist published in the Italian daily newspaper, Corriera della Serra, Dr Scicluna said Pope Benedict wanted to give space to a successor who could take the situation in hand in a way that he could not.”
During this morning’s Mass for the opening of the conclave to elect our next pontiff, it thundered loudly, in what one newspaper said, seemed an “ominous sign of the stormy times facing the Roman Catholic Church today.” The whole world is watching as if our future were hanging on the balance.
Here is a link to the NBC “Watch Live: Sistine Chapel” with live viewing of the chimney stack which will show the smoke either white or black indicating whether we have our new pope or not.
I thought the following tidbit of information would be of interest to look over while we pray and wait.
This picture [left] made available Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano shows the three sizes of the pope’s garments and shoe boxes in a room next to the Sistine Chapel, seen through the door at right, at the Vatican. Cardinals enter the Sistine Chapel on Tuesday to elect the next pope amid more upheaval and uncertainty than the Catholic Church has seen in decades: There’s no front-runner, no indication how long voting will last and no sense that a single man has what it takes to fix the many problems. The three identical white outfits in small, medium and large for the new pontiff’s first appearance on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica are delivered to the Vatican before the start of the conclave and left in a room next to the Sistine Chapel, where the newly elected pope changes into his new clothes. (AP Photo/L’Osservatore Romano)