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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The "lock down" Begins!

It is the second day of the conclave (Latin for "cum clave" meaning "with a key" referring to the Cardinals' retreat from the outside world to be guided by the Holy Spirit in choosing the new Pope while locked inside the Sistine Chapel). It is a very historic papal transition since Pope Benedict's nearly unprecedented resignation.  Stories abound about secrecy, scandal, and ceremony.  While millions suspensefully read about white and black smoke, the signal declaring the status of the Papal election, thousands like me are waiting it out in the rain in St. Peter's Square.

For an alternative to reading about cardinal electors, papal candidates, ceremonial ballot urns, and anonymous voting processes, here is a light-hearted human interest story from the NBC affiliate in Buffalo reporting from Rome.


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