Sealed with a Key, a Different Kind of Sequester
Most Catholics and many noncatholics have had their eyes turned to Rome, or more accurately, the Vatican today as the Conclave began this morning. The election of a new Pope is always an important event closely watched by millions around the world but this Conclave is groundbreaking in more ways than one. The resignation of Benedict XVI was surprising, even shocking, to a community grappling with so many difficult changes and challenges in recent years. For the first time the Sistine Chapel, traditional site of the Conclave, has been secured against all types of electronic communication and social media. At the same time, televison cameras were allowed in the Sistine Chapel documenting the procession of red robed Cardinals as the Litany of Saints was read and then the taking of the Oath of Secrecy by each participant. Finally the order was given, "Extra omnes" or, everyone out, and the chapel doors were closed and locked.
The Cardinals will remain sequestered in the Sistine Chapel and a Vatican hotel until the new Pope is elected. Communicaton about the voting results it decidedly old-school in the form of either black or white smoke rising from the Sistine Chapel chimney. There is even a live Smoke Cam for breaking news. In the meantime, Richland Library has a rich collection of histories, novels and other resources for those who would like to learn more about the Catholic Church and the Papacy. See the links below.
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- The Holy See: official website of the Vatican
Find comprehensive information about the Vatican including breaking news on the current Conclave, video footage, photo galleries and other documents of interest.
- The Catholic Diocese of Charleston
The official website of the local diocese for the state of South Carolina with links to parishes, schools and other resources.
- Sistine Chapel Smoke Cam
A live feed of the chimney on the Sistine Chapel. The first place to watch for breaking election news.