Holy Smoke

Two stoves to ensure “Holy Smoke”

For the first time in a conclave two stoves will be used in the Sistine Chapel; one is for burning the voting ballots to elect a new pope, which will eject black smoke. The “black Holy smoke” will indicate that the Cardinals are still deliberating and that the Church...

Benedict XVI took leave of his papacy today

Pope Benedict XVI said goodbye this morning from St. Peter’s Square where he encouraged thousands of worshippers to trust in a “live” Church that God will not let it “sink”. “The Lord has given us many days of sunshine and gentle breeze, days...
The legislation would allow the Cardinals advance appointment

Pope approves advancement of conclave date

Yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI authorized the cardinals to anticipate the next conclave. The date will be announced once the Church enter Vacant and meet the Cardinals on Friday. “I leave to the College of Cardinals the ability to anticipate the start of the conclave if it is...