ORA ET LABORA: New Pope Will Spend Time in Adoration Before Heading Out to Greet the Crowd

A bit of history:  Pope Benedict XVI blessing the crowds from the Loggia of St. Peter's Basilica

When finally the white smoke wafts from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, Vatican-watchers the world over will expect to see the new Pope emerging to wave to the crowd from the central balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square.Unlike in past papal elections, though, the faithful gathered to catch a glimpse of the new Pope will have to wait about 50 minutes from the time they first see the white smoke, until Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran announces “Habemus Papam” (We have a Pope).Why does it ta … [Read more...]