As the opening Mass for the election of the next Roman Pontiff began at St. Peter’s Basilica this morning, the skies opened up and a downpour soaked the city streets. Lightening flashed uncharacteristically early in the day as the rain fell so hard that it partially obscured the view of the cupola from our balcony, and as the streets filled with water I couldn’t help but wonder at the symbolism. Here at the very opening of the conclave, the Lord saw fit to send down cleansing torrents of rain, literally washing clean the physical structure representing the Church on earth: St. Peter’s.


It should be quite the week here in Rome.