Cardinal Bergoglio named new pope on second day of conclave

Maclean's correspondent Brian Bethune's reports from Rome

The archbishop of Buenos Aires has just been elected Pope on the second day of the conclave. White smoke from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel signalled the selection just after 7 p.m. local time.

Maclean’s correspondent Brian Bethune is in Rome and has been filing reports since the start of the conclave:

Tuesday, March 12

7:32 a.m.: There are only so many ways Canadians get internationally famous.

There’s hockey, of course, and that guy up in space, and a teenage pop star. But the best-known Canadian name around the world right now may belong to a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church.

In St Peter’s Square the night before the conclave to choose a successor to Pope Benedict XVI was to begin, there were three sorts of people milling around, and the ordinary faithful were the fewest in number. The police presence was massive, large enough to be the group most at risk from nuns—easily the most aggressive drivers in Vatican City if not in Rome—flying around in tiny cars.

Most of the cops were engaged in reading their smartphones—in Toronto public safety campaigns are directed at texting-distracted drivers, here they must lose distracted pedestrians in large numbers—or keeping a bored eye on the metal detectors the cardinal electors will pass through on their way to the Sistine Chapel. But both groups were outnumbered by the media staking out prize positions, some from unexpected places, like a Korean wire service or New Delhi TV.

They’re all happy to talk to a Canadian journalist, mostly because they’re down the media pecking order—a telegenic Portuguese-speaking priest with a sizeable entourage took up serious acreage for his interview—but partly because any given Canadian just might know Cardinal Marc Ouellet.

“Your cardinal stands a chance,” exclaims Indian reporter Noupur Tiwari of NDTV, a veteran of papal conclaves—she was here in 2005 for the election of Pope Benedict XVI. Then there were only two Indian cardinals; now there are five, all of voting age. (“There’s just the one Korean,” throws in a clearly unhappy South Korean journalist, “and he’s too old.”)

Interest in India is high, continues Tiwari, because of the rising number of cardinals and Indian Catholics, now 18 million strong), a relatively new female Indian saint and Mother Teresa’s ongoing canonization process. But especially because of the widespread feeling that this might be the moment the papacy leaves European hands for the first in 1,300 years. If it does, they’ll have much bigger entourages next time around.

Photos: Stormy sky above the Vatican as cardinals enter conclave

Storified by Maclean’s Magazine· Wed, Mar 13 2013 09:05:25

Just in case watching the pomp and circumstance of 115 cardinals in red-and-white choir dress entering conclave wasn’t enough, the weather in Rome obliged with a little more drama.
A rainy Monday night made for some pretty pictures before cardinals entered conclave.
Good evening from a rainy Vatican City, where tomorrow cardinals set about electing the 266th pope (@simon504)FOX News Radio
Rome’s St Peter’s Square last night. Rains are back for #conclave Day One. We all await the smoke tonight. della Cava
And the clouds continued Tuesday morning, with red curtains adding a pop of colour.
Good morning Rome! It’s judgment day. I mean Conclave day…altho they do it under Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment Moussa
World media gather in St Peter’s Square in the Vatican for first day of #conclave to select new pope #ReutersPope O’Leary
Here’s a better look at those curtains.
Crimson curtains hang on the balcony where the new Pope will be introduced to the world. #wbz #conclave Mathieu
Clergy among the crowds in St Peter’s Square as the Sistine Chapel lockdown approaches. Hirst
The clouds rolled in over Rome.
"@cityfrancis: Wow. Check these clouds over Rome." ominous sign do you think? @TVconormacEadaoin Macauley
And the skies opened up, as reporters, worshipers and tourists took cover as best they could.
Live from St Peter’s Square as the #Conclave behind to elect new #Pope #PioXII Walton
Taking cover in an archway after the skies opened up. Raining now in St Peter’s Square. Torres
And the heavens open! Foreign broadcasters under umbrellas in St. Peter’s Square #Rome #Vatican #conclave #pope
Sudden hail, lightning clear St Peter’s Square as thunder covers sound of homily from basilica #conclave #reuterspope O’Leary
Thunder and lightning in St Peter’s Square as the Mass continues in the Basilica #conclave2013 @bbcradiowales
Deserted #St.Peter’s square during #Mass #Rome #Vatican
Well, most people took cover.
A man with no shoes praying in the rain in St. Peter’s square. Can hear mass #kmov #pope #vatican Nagus
And members of the media set up their tarps.
First up on our show at 5, live from Rome RT @AlisonSmith_CBC @mevansCBC ready to broadcast live into @CBCWorldReport
.@joshelliottabc prepping from St Peter’s Square for the second hour of @GMA! Live from the Vatican on @abc! Millhon
Peter Mansbridge showed how to carry on in stormy weather.
RT @LaraCBC @petermansbridge getting ready for a hit with @metromorning from the edge of St Peter’s Square. Chang
Maybe he’s taking a cue from these nuns.
#Conclave Argentine nuns singing in St Peter’s square today Keane

In all the Third World pope buzz that has swirled since Pope Benedict announced his resignation a month ago, most has focused on African or Asian papabili.

Strangely little, given how South America is the most Catholic of continents, has been said about Latin America (Mexico and Central America add another 100 million to the total.) Until very recently. Suddenly, everyone is talking about Brazil’s Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer, Archbishop of Sao Paulo, the largest archdiocese in the world’s largest Catholic.

Viewing his record and his lack of charismatic presence–the same knock that may prove decisive in the case of Canada’ Cardinal Marc Oullett–points to only two favourable points: the age (63) is good, and he apparently gets along splendidly with the cardinals of the Curia, the papal bureaucrats whose incompetence and worse has made Church governance among the key issues–if not the single most important one–that the cardinals will weigh in their choice for pope. By this theory, the Italians–by which Vatican waters mean the bureaucrats–know they can’t get their wish, an Italian and pro-Curia pontiff, so they’ll settle for what’s important in that combo: the pro-Curia part. (In mirror opposite, the reformers are said to be coalescing around an Italian, Milan’s Cardenal Angelo Scola, to sweeten their bitter change package.)

Like every other pathway proposed–and assiduously leaked by interested parties–for any of a half-dozen papal contenders, it’s perfectly logical.

Unlike most, moreover, it does actually reflect what is a serious divisive issue within the College of Cardinals. Whether the business-as-usual (with a few tweaks, of course) cardinals or the housecleaners prevail, however, will probably not turn on specific candidates, but on whether those voters–67, more than half–appointed by Benedict think the pope emeritus was hamstrung all along by his bureaucracy or by his own missteps.

2:22 p.m.

The Italian media, not exactly known for their even-handed lack of national bias in soccer coverage, are no less intensely nationalistic when it comes to another favourite national sport, pope picking. It’s anointed Milan Cardinal Angelo Scola the favourite.

That’s hardly surprising: for one thing, anyone who wants an Italian AND a reformer has few options. For another, a lot of non-Italians like him too. At 71 he is neither too old nor too young–it’s still uncertain how Benedict’s resignation will play out in all its possible ramifications, but it has surely made the traditional age calculation at best an uncertain factor. The son of a truck driver, who turned to the priesthood relatively late (age 29), Scola has known Benedict for 40 years and is close to him theologically and personally.

His election might foretell what one Catholic commentator has called ”the continuation of the Benedictine papacy by other means.” Perhaps more intriguingly, Scola’s apparent willingness to spearhead the cardinal bloc wishing to thoroughly revamp the Curia probably means that reform was indeed the principal task Benedict felt unable to take on in his final years, but was equally unwilling to let fester until his death.

Still waiting for today’s smoke….

Black smoke means no pope

It’s official: The papal conclave has not selected a new pope on the first ballot, a fact made evident by the very black smoke spewed from the Sistine Chapel in Rome on March 12.

Storified by Maclean’s Magazine· Wed, Mar 13 2013 09:07:37

Black Smoke! No Pope on first ballot. Not a surprise. No doubt about the colour that’s for sure #conclave D’Souza
IMAGES LATEST NEWS: #Conclave first black smoke at 19.41 (Italian time) @romereports REPORTS
Twitter responded to the black smoke with jokes:
Black smoke rises out of the Vatican chapel. Either no pope was elected on the first ballot or they burned the pizza.Tom H.
Black smoke from vatican indicates no pope on first ballot. If only presidential nominating conventions were this exciting!David Goldstein
Black Smoke at the Vatican. This means you have another chance to text your vote for the next pope. Text OHGOD and your choice to 8284226Evan Klim
White: new pope. Black: no pope. Shimmering purple with yellow spots smoke: new Malayali pope.Si’in Va’ukut
Black smoke at the #Conclave. Either no new #Pope yet, or one helluva private #papal #BBQBones
No pope has ever been elected on the first ballot, probably because every cardinal votes for himself.Mommy & Media Mania
No Pope elected in first ballot. We’ve ordered a Pizza Hut for tea before we embark on the next ballot. #Pope #VoteMeRob Shelton
Even God had something to say:
Remember: white smoke = Pope. Black smoke = no Pope. Sweet smoke = BBQ break.God
Meanwhile, journalists breathed a collective sigh of relief at their recently extended deadline:
I am likely not the only journalist breathing a sigh of relief at sight of black smoke. No change of plans before deadline! #popeJoanna Smith
Black smoke at night, journalists overtime delight.. #Vaticansimon bayley

Wednesday, March 13

8:49 a.m.: The first murder of crows to fly by this morning was only five in number, a wholly good thing in itself: Canadian crows may sound like rusty gate hinges, but Roman crows sound like angry rusty gate hinges.

But more importantly, the crows came from the right, the lucky direction for crow augury around here since Romulus killed Remus. The luck has yet to do much for anyone in the Sistine Chapel, but it’s early days as Canada’s Fr. Thomas Rosica tells a Vatican press conference: only Pius XII in 1939 was elected as early as the third ballot.

The unlikeliness of a new pope this morning didn’t stop people in their tens of thousands coming to St. Peter’s Square any more than the driving rain did. There were Brazilian and Romanian flags-the atmosphere does have a certain similarity to a Euro Cup match-Polish monks and Scottish priests, and nuns both numerous, and to North American eyes, startlingly young. Like everyone else they are just waiting.

The Vatican Press Office evidently thought bored journalists were bound to start trouble and called their press conference, which had so little news to impart, that it was reduced to giving the press excessively detailed information about the chemicals in the smoke.

During the briefing Fr. Rosica inadvertently referred to Benedict as the pope. But that too is understandable, because the idea of an ex-pope watching on TV the cardinals file into the Sistine Chapel to elect his successor is still mind-boggling.

Black smoke on the second day of the conclave

Storified by Maclean’s Magazine· Wed, Mar 13 2013 09:12:07

BREAKING PHOTO: Black smoke on the morning of the second day of conclave. No pope yet. #NextPope News
#SmokeWatch #conclave black smoke. 3 ballots, no pope Cuomo
PHOTO from @Reuters: No new pope yet as black smoke comes from Sistine Chapel #NextPope News
Smoke! Black smoke. Watch a special report from the Vatican live now: #conclave News
Black smoke coming out of the Sistine Chapel chimney. #conclave News Channel
6:39PM: Black smoke. No #NewPope yet.
Black smoke comes out of the #SistineChapel chimney again, indicating the #cardinals haven’t chosen a new #Pope #Rome Perez Maestro

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