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Secrets of the papal conclave: WNAV interviews

14 Mar

wnav vert logo on blueMARCH 14, 2013 (VATICAN CITY) –Patrick Novecosky, editor of this blog, was acting as the Vatican correspondent for 1430 WNAV Radio in Annapolis, Maryland, this week.

On Tuesday, March 12, Patrick spoke to WNAV news director Bill Lusby about the conclave and what to expect when the cardinals, now in their second day of voting, choose a new pope. Patrick talked about how the cardinals arrive at their decision and why the cardinals work in secret.

On the following day, March 13, he talked to Bill about the cardinals’ second day of balloting. They spoke just hours before the cardinals chose Buenos Aires Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as the 266th successor of St. Peter. The Argentinian cardinal took the name Pope Francis.

During the third report, March 14, they spoke about the new pope and his dynamic personality. Patrick was 80 yards from the Pope when he presented himself to the world on March 13.

Listen to the March 12 interview by clicking here.

Listen to the March 13 interview by clicking here.

Listen to the March 14 interview by clicking here.

Awaiting the smoke

12 Mar
St. Peter's Square, March 12, 5 pm local time.

St. Peter’s Square, March 12, 5 pm local time. Pilgrims watch voting cardinals take a vow of secrecy and loyalty just before the doors closed at the beginning of the conclave.

by Patrick Novecosky

MARCH 12, 2013 — Thousands of people are now crowded into St. Peter’s Square, huddling under umbrellas in the rain. They have been watching this morning’s Mass for the Election of a Pope, which took place inside the basilica, and the 115 cardinal electors processing into the Sistine Chapel this afternoon.

The cardinals then took their vow of loyalty and secrecy before the┬áMaster of the Papal Liturgical Celebrations declared, “Extra Omes!” (in Latin, essentially, “If you’re not a cardinal elector, hit the road!”) and closed the doors. Voting has begun!

Rome has been cold and wet these last several days. This morning was warm and sunny, but by early afternoon, the sky clouded over, small hail stones fell on the Vatican and the temperature plummeted. I’m rubbing shoulders and elbows with 5,000 other journalists from around the world, here to witness history — the election of the 266th man to lead the Roman Catholic Church.

Much has been written about who the new Pope will be. The consensus seems to be that his two main tasks will be to reform the Curia–the governance of the Church–and to implement the New Evangelization. Neither is a small task. Most people agree that we need a Pope with the tenacity to clean house at the Vatican and the personality to present the Gospel in a new and attractive way.Who that man will be will remain a mystery until a short time after the bells of St. Peter’s ring again and white smoke billows from the chimney over the Sistine Chapel.

Now, as the sun sets on the first day of the conclave, we await the smoke…