Courtesy of the Associated Press
I woke up this morning to the news that a new pope was in place, which immediately made me remember my friend, Sister Merle Salazar of the Daughters of our Lady of the Sacred Heart, who is currently based in Italy; and, as we’ve teased her, “nakatira sa bakuran ng Vatican,” since their residence is literally at the back of the Vatican. Sister Merle kindly allowed me to share our exchange of texts over the news.
Merle, there’s a new Pope! A Jesuit Latino.
Yes! We were there!!!! He looked so simple. Yes, a Jesuit from Buenos Aires (from an Italian family). Poor beginnings. He is known for his humility. The grapevine has it that he was second to Benedict in the 2005 elections.
Wow! You saw history in the making! Exciting!
You said it! What a time to be here! I was at Benedict’s final audience. I was at the Mass to open the conclave.
The white smoke came out 7:06. We ran out of our house to catch a bus to the Vatican. And we were not the only ones … The buses were full and there was a lot of excitement. We arrived at St. Peter’s Square at about 7:20 and waited for an hour to welcome the new Pope. Under the rain and less than 10 degrees … Really exciting!
The Church seems to be in good loving hands. He was touching. The first thing he said was ‘Buona Sera’ (Good evening), and the last was Buona Notte et Buon Reposo’ (Good night and have a good rest).
It was a great experience. Great to be part of history.