Pope Francis has urged princes, presidents, sheikhs and thousands of ordinary people gathered for his installation Mass to protect God’s creation, the weakest and the poorest of the world.
Hundreds of thousands of Catholics are preparing to fill St. Peter’s Square Tuesday for Pope Francis’ installation.
Maria Ferreyra, of Point Breeze, expressed her excitement and pleasure over the election of an Argentinian cardinal to be the new head of the Roman Catholic Church.
White smoke signifying the election of a new pope began billowing out of the Sistene Chapel’s chimney just after 7 p.m. local time.
Black smoke again billowed from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel on Wednesday, meaning that Catholic cardinals hadn’t elected a pope on their second or third rounds of balloting.
It is the first day Cardinals of the Catholic Church can elect a new pope. While a pope could be elected on the first ballot, most believe that is highly unlikely.
While an American is unlikely to be chosen as the pope, there are some who think very highly of Pittsburgh-native Donald Wuerl.
Cardinals have set Tuesday as the start date for the conclave to elect the next pope, signaling that they were wrapping up a week of discussions about the problems of the church and who best among them might lead it.
The College of Cardinals met Monday, but they have yet to decide when they will begin the conclave to elect a new pope.
The Catholic cardinals met today in the Vatican to begin deciding who should be Pope Benedict XVI’s successor.
Pope Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff Wednesday at his final general audience in St. Peter’s Square, recalling moments of “joy and light” during his papacy but also times of great difficulty. He also thanked his flock for respecting his decision to retire.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl will arrive in Rome shortly to help elect a new pope.
His arms outstretched in a symbolic embrace, Pope Benedict XVI blessed tens of thousands of cheering people on Sunday in one of his last appearances as pontiff from his window overlooking St. Peter’s Square.
KDKA Radio’s Rob Pratte is joined by local clergymen to discuss Pope Benedict’s historic resignation and the process of electing a new pope.
As the shepherd of Catholics, Pope Benedict XVI sets the teaching agenda for believers.