And he will be making his appearance within moments. Vatican watchers say that the decision was made relatively quickly, indicating a strong consensus.
After an inconclusive first vote on Tuesday night, the 115 cardinal
electors prayed for inspiration from God for a choice that can lead the
Roman Catholic Church out of crisis.
Having spent the night
closeted in a nearby guesthouse, the cardinals attended Mass in the
Pauline Chapel in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace and returned to the
Renaissance splendor of the Sistine Chapel to hold the two morning