Habemus papam

What a time to be in Rome! As the world was gripped by the resignation of Pope Benedict and the election of Pope Francis, I found myself not just a close observer of these historic events but living them from their very centre. On December 31st last year I was selected to serve as Deacon for Pope Benedict at First Vespers of the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God. I knelt next to him in front of the Blessed Sacrament, exposed on the high altar of St Peter’s and found myself profoundly moved to pray for the entire Church...

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