Let’s pray that he will inspire all Catholics to join him in the urgent task of rebuilding the Church
The conclave is officially underway. The doors of the Sistine Chapel were closed just moments after Msgr Guido Marini announced the famous Latin phase: ‘Extra Omnes,’ which roughly translates to ‘Everyone Out.’
The 115 cardinals processed into the Basilica to begin the Pro Eligendo Pontifice Mass
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Benedict XVI blessed the cardinals and gave a short speech
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About 200,000 people were expected to attend the general audience