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Non Habemus Papam: We do not have a Pope

1 Mar

The wheels lifted off the ground at the Vatican heliport. It was a moment to be recorded and remembered.

Notice “Gorgeous George,” the Pope’s secretary, wiping away tears at 1:16.

The real drama begins at 12:36 as the camera focusses on the front wheels of the helicopter. It is not until 14:00 that they inch their way off the ground, to carry the Pope into history. 

Have you seen the doors slamming shut and the Swiss guard leaving their post? It was yesterday’s post. It was the scene that I was waiting to see, thinking that the moment would be striking and dramatic. I was not disappointed. 

The door slams shut on the Papacy of Benedict XVI

28 Feb

At 8:00 p.m. Italy time (and 2:00 p.m. Milford time) the doors of Castel Gandolfo, the summer home of the Pope,  slammed shut. As the bells chimed eight, His Holiness Benedict XVI, who arrived there two hours earlier, was no longer Pope. The Swiss Guard, whose sole mission is to guard the Pope, left their post and returned to the Vatican. There is no Pope.