It may seem like things are back to normal at the Vatican following the election of a new pope of the Catholic Church, but inside the walls heading into the Easter holiday, it is far from normal.
Pope Francis celebrated his installation Mass this morning at the Vatican.
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.
Pope Benedict XVI offered his final blessing today. He thanked the crowd for their friendship and affection, telling them that he is starting the last part of his pilgrimage on this Earth.
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.
VATICAN CITY (KDKA) – The newly-installed Cardinal Donald Wuerl received his traditional gold ring today following Saturday’s ceremony to elevate him to his new rank. Pope Benedict XVI presented the rings to the 24 newly-appointed […]