Well, not this kind of Mimosa:
I’m talking about this kind:
There’s really big news today, as the Vatican announces that the Conclave will officially open on Tuesday, March 12. The announcement came after five days of meetings: At 5:36 p.m. Rome time (11:36 a.m. Eastern Standard Time), Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, announced the date we’ve been waiting to hear. On Tuesday morning, the Cardinals will celebrate a pro eligendo Romano Pontifice Mass (Votive Mass for the Election of a Roman Pontiff). Then in the afternoon, they will enter the Sistine Chapel, and it will begin: They’ll be locked in, and will cast the first vote for a new pope. Most likely, we will have a new pope sometime next week.
But anyway, to the Mimosas:
Who knew that the Vatican had such a soft spot? Today, you may know, is International Women’s Day; and in keeping with tradition, on that day the Holy See presents a gift of flowers to every woman working in the Vatican’s offices. Before beginning the March 8 press conference to report on session seven Father Lombardi presented a bouquet of mimosas (the flowers) to a female journalist in representation of all women.