[Vatican Radio] White smoke: new Pope elected in Conclave
It’s official: white smoke pouring out of the Sistine Chapel chimney signals that we have a new Pope! The billowing white smoke began spilling out of the chimney at approximately 7:06 p.m. local time, indicating the Cardinals had reached consensus on a candidate in the second round of balloting Wednesday afternoon. This means that at least two thirds, or 77 of the 115 cardinals gathered in conclave since Tuesday afternoon are united in their support for the candidate who has now become the 265th successor of St Peter.
As the cheering crowds wait eagerly in St Peter’s Square, the new pontiff is changing into the traditional white vestments in what is called the Room of Tears. After that, he returns to the Sistine Chapel where each of the Cardinal electors kneels to offer a sign of homage and obedience to their new Holy Father.
Following that ritual, the new Pope will move to the Pauline Chapel to pray in front of the Blessed Sacrament. Shortly after that, the senior cardinal deacon, French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran will appear between the red curtains of the central balcony on St Peter’s Basilica to proclaim the famous Latin words ‘Habemus Papam’, revealing the identity of the new pontiff and the name that he has chosen.
A moment later, the Pope will come out onto that balcony to greet the crowds and to give his first 'Urbi et Orbi' blessing to the city of Rome and to the world.
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1. Kendall Harmon wrote:
Can you imagine the struggle over who can get the news first.
March 13, 2:13 pm | [comment link]
2. Teatime2 wrote:
Wow. A South American Jesuit naming himself Francis? The conservatives likely are worried.
March 13, 3:23 pm | [comment link]
3. Milton Finch wrote:
1st Jesuit ever. 76 years old.
March 13, 3:28 pm | [comment link]
4. Teatime2 wrote:
A breath of fresh air for the RCC. Good for them! They’re sayinghe is humble, rode the bus in Buenos Aires, and eschewed the trappings of power.
March 13, 3:30 pm | [comment link]
5. Scatcatpdx wrote:
While I am reformed and a bit indifferent is am fascinated by the choice of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio; is a an acknowledgment of Catholicism in Latin America?
March 13, 3:52 pm | [comment link]
6. Katherine wrote:
There are Jesuits and then there are Jesuits. What I have read so far should be encouraging to the conservatives, unless to those who want to “conserve” the present Curial power structure. Time will tell.
March 13, 4:48 pm | [comment link]
7. Cennydd13 wrote:
Not necessarily an acknowledgement of Catholicism (I don’t think this is necessary), but I would say it’s a reaffirmation that Catholicism…...although not quite as dominant as it once was…...is still quite a significant presence. Although there might be some concern about Francis’ age…..76…...and his having only one lung, he evidently is in good health. I like his being what I would call a “Pope of the people,” with his habit of riding buses in his daily life. That of of course will necessarily change. He seems like a very good man, and I am happy for our Catholic brothers and sisters.
March 13, 4:49 pm | [comment link]
8. Ross wrote:
I would of course have preferred a progressive, reforming Pope… but that was obviously never in the cards. (Nor in the Cardinals.)
Speaking as a liberal, I think I’m as happy with this choice as I could be with any of the candidates. I certainly consider his choice of the name “Francis” a good omen.
March 13, 4:53 pm | [comment link]
9. Ad Orientem wrote:
By Latin American standards he is considered moderately conservative. That is to say he is not a Marxist and does not support gay marriage or female ordination. Doctrinally he appears to be at least somewhat orthodox. But on political, economic and what we Americans might term social justice issues he is well to the left of Nancy Pelosi.
He is widely regarded as hostile to traditional liturgy and is decidedly “low church.” In short I would not hold my breath waiting for the return of the papal coronation or the sedei gestatoria and I would give thanks to God if we do not see the introduction of liturgical dance in St. Peter’s Basilica.
That said he does seem to have many virtues including a true and very profound humility.
March 13, 5:09 pm | [comment link]
10. MichaelA wrote:
Hmmm, #9, sounds like a Sydney Anglican.
March 14, 2:54 am | [comment link]
11. stevejax wrote:
#9 ... since you brought up dancing ...
March 14, 9:19 am | [comment link]
2 Samuel 6:14 Psalm 149:3 Psalm 150:4 Psalm 150:1-6
12. Fr. J. wrote:
No doubt the traddies will be unhappy as well as everyone else with a penchant for fussy, frilly liturgics. But, the greater threat is that this man will have broad appeal which a stilted traditionalism does not.
March 16, 6:52 am | [comment link]
13. Charles52 wrote:
The traddies are in full swoon mode and have been since Pope Francis showed up without the red ermine cape and asked the people to ask the Lord to bless him. The craziest thing I’ve read is that his humble way of life was the devil preparing a way for him to deceive the world and lead the Church astray. But face it, that’s out there beyond radtrad, much less trad..
March 16, 12:02 pm | [comment link]
14. Ad Orientem wrote:
Fr J appears to be correct. Pope Francis is demonstrating not merely a low church bent, but a positive hostility to anything smacking of traditional liturgy or ceremonial such as was promoted by his predecessor.
Minutes after the election result was declared in the Sistine Chapel, a Vatican official called the Master of Ceremonies offered to the new Pope the traditional papal red cape trimmed with ermine that his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI gladly wore on ceremonial occasions.
“No thank you, Monsignore,” Pope Francis is reported to have replied. “You put it on instead. Carnival time is over!”
Nor is Fr. J. the only one who is enthusiastic about the changes…
“So long Papal ermine and fancy lace! Welcome simple cassock, and hopefully ordinary black shoes. St. Francis must be overjoyed!”
“At our meeting today with Pope Francis, I noted he is still wearing his old black shoes. I pray he keeps them as a sign for us all.”
“Mass with Pope Francis moving from High Church to Low and Humble Church! What a blessing that we are encountering Jesus without trappings!”
-A series of tweets from Archbishop Roger Cardinal Mahoney
March 16, 6:59 pm | [comment link]
15. Charles52 wrote:
A comment on another blog noted that Cardinal Mahony was not known for simple, humble Masses during his time in Los Angeles. And his cathedral is known, not without justification, as the Taj Mahony.
He has used this entire interregnum as an opportunity to rehabilitate himself after Archbishop Gomez’ public rebuke. A decent man would have retired quietly rather than make a public spectacle of himself, forgiving the victims of his crime (read his blog if you have not) and all. But them a decent man would not have conducted himself as a mafia don to start with.
March 16, 8:09 pm | [comment link]
16. Teatime2 wrote:
Well, the rad. trads could join the Ordinariate and promote radical foo-foo. Converts typically love every last bit of the trappings.
So glad he nixed the ermine thingy. Pope Ratzinger looked like a cross between Santa and a king in it. It would be a shame if he went low church with liturgy, though. Guitar and bongo masses leave much to be desired.
March 16, 9:03 pm | [comment link]