Tripping on the Podium
I missed it all last time as I was working full time and we didn't have internet access in classrooms yet, either. Nice to see it this time. There is a lot of ceremonial business prior to the actual beginning of the conclave, and it sounds as if today's time schedule is pretty typical. They will celebrate mass each morning, but this morning's mass was longer and public.
I was just reading about the "room of tears" and thinking how overwhelming it must be to be chosen as pope. That man's entire life changes. There is no going home again. A complete change of identity. And huge responsibility. It must be quite tempting to say no when ceremonially asked. Indeed, there are at least two stories from long ago of men saying no and one running away until they chose another.
Thanks for the list of rules, Dee! It'll make things much more interesting to follow.
I remember a lot of fuss when John Paul II was elected, and it turned out to be for good reason; he was an amazing Pope. Though I'm not Catholic, I always felt as bit as if he were my Pope too, because he seemed to embrace everyone. I think there were several things that made his accession unusual. One, of course, was that his predecessor, John Paul I, served just a few weeks before his sudden death. Another was that he was the first non-Italian pope in centuries. A third was that he was so young: just in his fifties. When Benedict was chosen, well, no one could compare to the magnetic John Paul II, even after all the years of his incapacitation. So it was kind of an anticlimax.
I wonder who will sit on the Throne of St. Peter this time.
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