If you have ever wondered how a pope is elected, the Vatican Insider has created a handy dandy interactive site that explores the process. The Catholic Church will soon be moving into conclave as Pope Benedict XVI officially retires on February 28. Click here to see what will happen next.
In case you haven’t heard, Benedict XVI is resigning the Papacy. This is the first time in over 600 years that this has happened. There had been some speculation of it happening from Vatican insiders, and there have been many interesting posts about how the Pope has foreshadowed his own resignation by visiting, multiple times, the tomb of Pope St. Celestine V – a Pope who abnegated the Chair of St. Peter in the year 1294. Though this is an unusual occurrence and many are debating the decision of the pontiff, the fact is that the Church will be called to move forward and elect a leader within 20 days of the current Pope’s resignation. If you would like to know more about the process, please follow click here for a link about the upcoming conclave. Let us pray that the Spirit may move through the Church to bend the wills of the Cardinals to elect a pontiff that will be able to help guide the Church through tumultuous times and bring us all closer to Christ.