Let's hope the Roman Catholic cardinals were listening closely to Pope Benedict when he addressed them a few hours before resigning Feb. 28, because he sent an important signal about change in the church.
The Vatican's Sistine Chapel hosts the 115 Catholic cardinals Tuesday as they begin voting on a new pope in an atmosphere that not only exudes art history but also demands soulful contemplation.
(Photo: Franco Origlia, Getty Images) STORY HIGHLIGHTS Chapel will host 115 cardinals when voting for next pope starts Tuesday Artwork in chapel serves as inspiration for the voting clergymen John Paul II was so moved by chapel's impact on conclave he wrote a poem about it.
Hey, we've started without you guys. I have the clave.
Usually, when we hear or read something new,
we just compare it to our own ideas.
If it is the same, we accept it and say that it is correct.
If it is not, we say it is incorrect.
In either case, we learn nothing.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh ~
Sherlock Holmes to Watson: "Never theorize before you have data. Invariably, you end up twisting facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."
Vendors said tens of thousands of ornaments and posters bearing the image of the new pope are expected to be on sale – sometimes within hours of the announcement of his name.
“As soon as the new pope is chosen, our suppliers are ready to go to work straight away – boom, boom, boom, just like that,” explained Rosanna Barone, a sales assistant at one of the shops and stalls that line the Via della Conciliazione, the thoroughfare linking St Peter’s Basilica to the west bank of the River Tiber. “Some of the things are made in Rome and we can have them quickly,” she said. “For the cards and maybe mugs, things that are easier to make, maybe we will have them the next day or the day after.”
The most popular items? “Anything with John Paul II,” he said. “He is the most popular.”