Pope Benedict XVI and Surprise


It was April 19, 2005 and the world's eyes were fixed on a small chimney jutting out from the roof of the Sistine Chapel. Within the dazzling walls of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel, a papal conclave was convened and casting votes for a new Bishop of Rome. An international icon and beloved shepherd to the Catholic faithful, Pope John Paul II, had died after suffering the ravages of Parkinson's disease. In his wake, Rome and the world witnessed a holy funeral of emotionally and spiritually-epic … [Read more...]