When black smoke billowed from the Sistene Chapel chimney this afternoon, I was watching it live on my smartphone via The Pope App. I read about the app yesterday on Whispers in the Loggia, a very popular Catholic blog. The College of Cardinals cast their first vote today. Starting Wednesday, they will vote four times a day until they choose a pope. They do get a day off on Saturday if they haven’t picked someone by then.
Vatican-watchers are familiarizing themselves with the first names of the papabile… in Latin. When the new pope is announced, the Latin version of his first name will be revealed a few seconds before his last name and his new papal name. The format for the announcement is as follows:
“Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum; Habemus Papam. Eminentissimum ac reverndissiumum Dominum, Dominum [First Name] Sanctæ Romanæ Ecclesiæ Cardinalem [Last Name]. Qui sibi nomen imposuit [Papal Name].”