More black smoke, still no pope
The world waits in prayerful hope.
Black smoke billowed from the chimney again and again today as the cardinals continue to pray and ponder who the next pope shall be. Meanwhile, the world awaits their decision.
A pilgrim waits in yesterday's rain for the announcement that a new pope has been chosen. The pilgrim represents all of the faithful who wait in prayer.
The Church now faces great dangers from both within and without, and the next pope must be different than Benedict. The next pope must be a reformer, ready to extricate corruption from the Church while defending the unbroken traditions and faith that have lasted for over two millennia.
Still, papal conclaves usually take at least two to three days to reach a consensus and this one should be no different. The decision is significant and is made only after long periods of prayer and contemplation. The rounds of voting does not mean the cardinals are bitterly divided, it just means they need more time to listen.
Of course, it's impossible to know what is happening in the Sistine Chapel as the cardinals are sworn to an oath of secrecy on pain of excommunication.
The hard work of prayer and consideration, and the responsibility of choosing wisely is their lot. For us, it is to wait patiently, and to prayerfully trust that our new Holy Father will come to us soon.
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Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2014
Respect for Women: That all cultures may respect the rights and dignity of women.
Vocations: That many young people may accept the Lordís invitation to consecrate their lives to proclaiming the Gospel.
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