Sede Vacante

Sede Vacante  

There are numerous portals for coverage of today's momentous events so these are just a few.

The Huffington Post here is offering live coverage of Pope Benedict's last day in office until his resignation becomes effective at 8 p.m. CET (3p.m. EST). (If the video is not streaming, you may need to download Microsoft Silverlight - click here - it only takes about 30 seconds.) 
Even when the live feed is over, if click on the arrow and wait a few seconds, the screen will show next events.

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At 5 p.m. UK CET time (11 a.m. EST), Pope Benedict XVI is expected to leave on a helicopter to the papal seaside retreat, Castel Gandolfo. Once he arrives at the castle, he will greet the crowd at 5:30 p.m. UK CET. 

Pope Benedict began his last day in the papal office by greeting the College of Cardinals at around 11 am CET. In this meeting, his last with the cardinals, he declared his "unconditional reverence and obedience" to the next pope. 

You may want to follow these Twitter feeds, a combination of Vatican reporters, commentators and tweeting cardinals! 

  • Rocco Palmo at Whispers in The Loggia has details of today's events here

 Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
 and kindle in them the fire of your love.
 Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
 And You shall renew the face of the earth.

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