Getting back to normal at the Vatican
posted at 6:10 am on March 15, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
(VATICAN CITY) The Vatican is getting back to normal after a successful and surprisingly short papal conclave. Not entirely, of course, not with the big international event of the upcoming installation Mass on Tuesday, where Pope Francis will ceremoniously succeed St. Peter as the Bishop of Rome. The greatly-expanded media presence largely remains, thanks in part to that event and to a special audience that the media will be granted with the pontiff tomorrow morning. Some have already left, but judging from attendance at the media center for yesterday’s briefing, not all that many.
During the past week, I have arrived early most days — around 7:30 to 8 am — in order to secure a hardwire connection to the Internet, although the efforts to boost the capacity of the wifi in the media center have made that much less necessary the last few days. Today I arrived at 7:45 — and found the doors closed. I wandered back to the accreditation offices, which has another media center, to work from there. That was also closed … until 9 am, when sensible Romans start their work day. The message: Habemus Papam, dude … relax!
This unsensible American wandered around until he found a self-service cafe, had a cappucino and a cornetto, and relaxed just a bit while he worked. And I was still one of the few in the media center for nearly an hour after it did open, although two of the others were fellow Americans.