This morning we woke to the news that a new Pope had been elected. Back in February, Pope Benedict XVI (Joseph Ratzinger), announced that he was going to resign the Papacy. Now this is something that is unheard of. Once a Pope they usually stay a Pope until their death. Apparently he was suffering some health issues plus it had been leaked that there were other internal issues going on.
All the Cardinals from around the world were summoned to the Vatican so that they could choose the next Pope. They have to have two thirds majority before a new Pope can be chosen. If there is no decision black smoke rises from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel. When white smoke appears, that indicates a new Pope has been chosen and this is what happened this morning our time.
Photos courtesy of Adelaide Now website
Tony, being Catholic has no interest whatsoever that a new Pope was elected, whereas me, being a non Catholic finds the whole process fascinating. Just reading snippets about this guy it sounds as if he has modern ideas except he is anti abortion, anti gay marriage and anti contraception.
His life in Buenos Aires was a simple one. He turned his back on chauffeured cars, living in luxury, instead opting to catch buses, living in a small apartment and cooking his own meals. He spent a lot of his ministry helping the poor. I think he may be a peoples' Pope.
Let's hope that during his reign as the Pope there will finally be some closure on the terrible sexual abuse claims that have been covered up in the Catholic Church.