So…. Who’s Getting Up VERY EARLY to Watch the Mass?

Cardinals process to Sistine Chapel

Tomorrow’s the big day:  At 10:00 a.m. Rome time (yep, that’s 5:00 a.m. Eastern Time!), the Cardinals will gather in St. Peter’s Basilica for the Mass for the Election of the Roman Pontiff (Mass Pro Eligendo).  The principal celebrant will be His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Dean of the College of Cardinals.  If you are a morning person with the unadulterated will to rise at that hour, you will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see all of the Cardinals in the world gather to celebrate the E … [Read more...]

The Oath of Secrecy: Because You Can’t Be Too Careful

Sistine Chapel - stove

The media has been abuzz with news about the phone-jamming equipment being installed on the walls and under the raised flooring in the Sistine Chapel, which will ensure that one enthusiastic Cardinal doesn’t spoil the surprise for the world, when a new Pope is elected.But what about the other people who work inside the walls of Vatican City, and who may hear the Princes of the Church chatting over dinner, sharing a joke in the hallway at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, or whispering secrets in t … [Read more...]