The Holy Father took the Church and the world by surprise when he announced his abdication as the Supreme Pontiff as of 8:00 pm (2:00 pm EST) Rome time February 28, 2013. Presidents, parliaments, governments and even countries come and go while the Church is eternal. For this reason, the election of a new Bishop of Rome is so important and will be watched worldwide.
At 2:00 pm today, all images of Pope Benedict XVI will be removed all Catholic institutions worldwide. We will enter sede vacante or the empty seat. The Papal Crest’s tiara will be replaced by an umbrella to signify that there is no Bishop of Rome. All this signifies that the See of Rome is empty which will initiate a Papal Conclave to elect a new Bishop of Rome in accordance with:
- Universi Dominici Gregis promulgated by Pope John Paul II governing a Papal Conclave
- Normas nonnullas promulgated by Pope Benedict XVI updating JPII’s rules governing a Papal Conclave
Since the announce of his abdication, a media blitz has overwhelmed us all – the good, bad and the ugly. I have put together a few new pages to inform us and collect information to share – at least try to provide the best information possible. Not trying to reinvent the wheel but an easy way to find the information you are hopefully considering.
The pages include:
- Papal Conclave 2013: The Process
- Papal Conclave 2013: The Cardinal Electors
- Papal Conclave 2013: The Media Scoop
Once you do your research, come and make your choice known :