An honest reflection on the election of Pope Francis

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As the white smoke began to pour out of the Sistine Chapel chimney, my heart began pounding.  I felt a great deal of nervous excitement to hear the outcome.  The more minutes that passed between the reports of white smoke and movement on the balcony of St. Peter’s basilica, the more nervous and excited I became.  Finally, after what seemed like hours had passed, “Habemus Papam!” was declared. Continue reading →

Conclave 2013: How are you following it?

View from the top of St. Peter's BasilicaOur Sunday Visitor has released a detailed schedule of how the papal conclave should happen.  If you are like me, you see that schedule and are probably wondering how you are going to get your work done at the office this week while trying to follow one of the biggest moments in Catholic history.  Unless you work at an office that allows for constant TV monitoring, you will certainly, like me, have to rely on the Internet to keep you up to date.  If that is the case, how are you planning on doing it?  What kind of resources will you be using?  I don’t know any secrets, but I’ve listed some of my resources below. Continue reading →