Mass for the election of the Roman pontiff
posted at 5:02 am on March 12, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
The start of the conclave is still more than six hours away, but the day will start with a special Mass for the faithful, at 10 am local time – right about now, in fact. Two hours ago, when I first arrived, the line to enter St. Peter’s Basilica had already begun to stretch from one colonnade to the other:
Looking at the monitors in the media center, the basilica is packed. I had thought to attend the Mass in person, but the media center has it live, and they didn’t reserve any space for print journalists (a small number of photo and video journalists got into a special area). To have any chance of getting in behind the cardinals, bishops, and nuns — including a significant number from Mother Theresa’s order, the Missionaries of Charity — I’d have had to arrive around 6 am.
We have today’s homily, but it’s under embargo at the moment. Today’s readings are from the normal lectionary. While I’m sorry not to be inside and participating in the Mass, it’s probably easier to observe it from here