The Conclave begins

Rubens St Peter



A cold Lenten spring in Rome, I hear. Late this afternoon as the Litany of the Saints is chanted, all 115 cardinals will process into the Sistine Chapel, leaving the outside world in order to pray and vote for the next Pope, successor to St Peter.

South African Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, who was present at the last Conclave in 2005, was asked what it was like to enter the Conclave. The Cardinal from Durban in KwaZulu-Natal  spoke of looking up at Michelangelo’s Last Judgment on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, and pleading for Jesus to help him make the right decision.

A challenging time for all who are praying for the guidance of the Holy Spirit through this time of change.


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