|3/13/2013 11:23:00 AM|
New pope is chosen - world awaiting identity
Catholic News Service
White smoke rises from the chimney above the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, indicating a new pope has been elected, March 13. The conclave to elect a new pope met over two days before making a decision.
White smoke is pouring out of the chimney of the Sistene Chapel and the bells of St. Peter are tolling. The cardinals of the Catholic Church have chosen a new pope in the Roman evening.
The man who gained a two-thirds vote is asked, do you accept? When he said yes, he was ushered into the Room of Tears off the chapel to be vested in a white cassock. Soon, he is expected to appear at the window above of St. Peter's Square.
More black smoke had poured from the chimney this morning, which seemed to indicate the 115 cardinal electors failed to elect a pope on their second and third ballots.
Two stoves, leading to one smokestack, were installed in the Sistine Chapel for the conclave. The ballots and any notes or tallies individual cardinals made are burned in one stove. The other stove burns special chemical pellets designed to create clouds of black or white smoke for a full seven minutes.
Despite it being a rainy work and school day, several thousand people were in St. Peter's Square watching the smokestack in the hopes of seeing white smoke and being closest to the balcony of the basilica where a new pope would emerge.
Father Kevin Elgrave, a priest of the Archdiocese of Toronto studying in Rome, was in the square early, holding an umbrella, a Canadian flag and a rosary.
"I wouldn't miss it for anything ... rain or not," he said. It is important to be in the square and pray, "to be so close to them (cardinals)."