This is second day that we have seen the black smoke. It appears that the College of Cardinals will have to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to give them guidance to reign over a new pope.
The conclave needs 2/3 of their vote to have a new pope. At this time, everyone is hoping to have the result this afternoon.
The Catholic Church needs transformation from within to stop bureaucracy. The society is changing does it mean the church will have to resonate with it?
German Cardinal Karl Lehman statements read by Vatican Spokesman Father Federico Lombardi … “The atmosphere is completely meditative and deeply intense."
We have Cardinal Dolan one of the contenders for papacy, and perhaps he will make a great impact to renew the image of Catholic Church?
One more contender is Luis Antonio Tagle of the Philippines. He is known for his charismatic nature and view in line with Catholic teachings.
Tagle has become involved in many social issues in the Philippines with emphasis on helping the poor and the needy while maintain opposition against atheism, abortion, contraception, and the Reproductive Health Bill. Tagle currently wields strong religious and political influence as the country’s primate, with an estimated 2.8 million professed Roman Catholics in the Archdiocese. Tagle speaks fluent Italian, English and Tagalog; he is also proficient in reading Spanish, French and Latin.
Tagle was installed on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and is meanwhile the head of the Metropolitan See of Manila along with its mother church, the Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, as both its metropolitan archbishop and archpriest.
Tagle was made a cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI in a papal consistory on November 24, 2012 at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.
Tagle is considered to be among those Cardinals who can replace Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in the ongoing Conclave.
Pope Emeritus is a conservative and the College of Cardinals will have to vote, with the same criterion, for the continuity of the mission of the church.
Let see if we have a white smoke this afternoon when they cast their ballots to get the 77 votes to elect a new pope?