Here in Rome we always listen to the Pope’s Sunday Angelus Address at noon. Pope Benedict never missed one (and never actually ever called in sick for any papal event) during his eight years as Pope. But right now, the Pope’s home is locked and sealed, and his window stayed closed.
During the interval between popes, the Cardinals run the Church, though they have very limited powers. Cardinal Angelo Sodano is Dean of the College of Cardinals – the one who guides the Cardinals during these days and during the conclave. I served mass for him once. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone is the Camerlengo – the one who takes care of the day-to-day running of the Vatican. I served mass once for him too. They are both very kind and intelligent men, and I don’t think we have to worry about them pulling any fast ones.
Starting tomorrow I have a week-long course at the Vatican on the sacrament of reconciliation. The Cardinals start their meetings, so let’s pray for them. I’ll keep you posted!
God bless you,