Wednesday, March 13, 2013
New Pope has Been Chosen!
The white smoke, accompanied by the pealing of bells to eliminate any confusion, billowed from a flue on the roof of the Sistine Chapel, prompting the huge gathered in the square to erupt in applause and cheers.
The election came after two rounds of balloting in a morning session. The 115 voting cardinals reconvened about 4:30 p.m. (11:30 a.m. Eastern) to vote up to two more times before either electing a new pope or adjourning for the day.
To be chosen, a candidate had to win the support of at least two-thirds of the 115 voting-age cardinals. Reported front-runners included Cardinals Angelo Scola of Italy, Marc Ouellet of Canada, and Odilo Pedro Scherer of Brazil.
Because no one bloc of cardinals — organized around passport or priorities — was large enough on its own to generate the requisite 77 votes, a candidate needed to consolidate support from a cross-section of electors. And if consensus remained elusive, the cardinals could look to the less familiar names in their college, which is what happened when John Paul II was chosen in 1978.
“Today is the fundamental day,” said Marco Politi, a papal biographer and a veteran Vatican watcher with the newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano. “It is a referendum on Scola and whether the papacy will go back to an Italian or cross the Atlantic. For the first time there is a real possibility to have a pope from the Americas.”
FULL STORY: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/on-day-2-of-papal-conclave-alliances-should-take-shape/2013/03/13/5d88b616-8bba-11e2-9838-d62f083ba93f_story.html
NOW THE NEW POPE MUST CHOOSE HIS NAME. GREAT LENGTHS WERE TAKEN AS TO NOT PICK A NAME RESEMBLING "PETER THE ROMAN", THUS FULFILLING THE PROPHECY.
well..it's been called.
Non-Roman Non-European...so was the prophecy fulfilled? St. Malachy said it would be a "black pope" so does that mean skin color-demeanor? Bergoglio is the first Jesuit Pope (they wear black)...we will see how...if at all...this fits in the prophecy. Remember...this blog is concerned with Biblical prophesies...but this has been a lot of fun speculatiing and i look forward to seeing it unwravel in the future. No one thought Pope Benedict fulfilled the spot at first either. Then it became clear. So we shall see!
(RNN) - Once elected by the papal conclave, the prospective pope is asked two questions: Do you accept? and then: What name will you take?
In early times, the first popes would keep their baptismal names. But John II, whose birth name was Mercurius, and served as Pope from 533 to 535, was the first to change his name.
"In the Bible, when you get a new job from God, you pick a new name or you're given a new name, and that's the idea - they feel they've been chosen to do this very weighty job and they need a name that will sort of help them and inspire them,"said William Porter, chair of Catholic theology at the University of Daytontold CTV News. "It's also a signal to the rest of the church and the world."