The conclave is underway.
by Paul L. Gleiser
(ROME) In what might be interpreted by some as allegorical representation of the clouds hanging over the Catholic Church, the conclave to elect Pope Benedict’s successor got underway here in Rome under cloudy, occasionally rainy skies.
If there are clouds hanging over the church and if today’s weather is metaphorical, then the good news is that patches of blue sky showed themselves from time-to-time and the rain was not continuous. It really wasn’t all that bad at all.
Here is the scene on St. Peter’s Square as the Papal Conclave got underway.