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To: 1_Rain_Drop
Why all the excitement about a new Pope?

This man is 266th in an unbroken line of successors to St. Peter. Essentially, he is the "vicar of Christ" on earth. He is a spiritual father for all of us. His first title is Servant of the servants of God.

The word pope actually means "papa". The excitement is with everyone wondering which of the 115 cardinals was elected. A papal election is not like a secular one. It is just the reverse; none of the cardinals wants to take on this tremendous responsibility. The one elected is asked: "Do you accept"? Once he does, he gives up the service he gave in his previous post and now takes a new name.

96 posted on 03/13/2013 11:52:33 AM PDT by NYer (Beware the man of a single book - St. Thomas Aquinas)
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To: NYer
He is a spiritual father for all of us. Not for me. Can't speak for anyone else. But thanks for the thought.
113 posted on 03/13/2013 11:57:22 AM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: NYer

Has there been any speculation regarding the number of people from other countries who are visiting simply to be at the Vatican for the conclave?


118 posted on 03/13/2013 11:59:56 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: NYer

Thank you for explaining.


171 posted on 03/13/2013 12:14:19 PM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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