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Life on Hold

We have plans to spend the next however many days it takes (1 more, by my official bracket position) making twice daily pilgrimages to St. Peter’s Square to smoke watch with a couple thousand of our best friends. Today’s itinerary has been completely designed around trips to the Square at noon and at 7:30, in […]

A Cleansing Rain

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, […]

St. Peter’s gets its curtains

Red velvet curtains being hung over the central loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica by workers on a crane caught my eye this morning as I walked to work. Besides the Sistine Chapel getting its famous chimney on Saturday morning, these curtains are another sign that the Conclave to elect the next Pope is near – […]

Cardinal Dolan’s Rome Sweet Home

  We arrived at the church of Our Lady of Guadalupe around 10:00 this morning, hoping to secure seats for our little family for His Eminence Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s 11:30 celebration of the Holy Mass at his titular parish in Rome. We needn’t have worried, as the bigger crowd was outside the church in the […]

Signs of Change at the Vatican

Before you start thinking of all the things that might be changing at the Vatican these days, let me give you fair warning. This post is about a garden, but it’s not just any old garden. It’s the botanical arrangement between the back of St. Peter’s Basilica and the building that houses the government offices […]

A platypus for Pope?

If you ask an Aussie to describe a platypus for you, he will likely tell you that the small mammal is an awkward and almost laughably absurd combination of a beaver, a duck and a kangaroo. The question is: is there room for a platypus Pope? According to the Washington Post, some Catholics believe there […]