We are now in the state of the Catholic Church called “sede vacante“… describing the fact that the See (of Rome) is empty. The Latin “sede vacante” is ablative, describing existing circumstances in a larger context. Otherwise we refer to the Empty Apostolic See or Apostolica Sedes Vacans.
The Vatican website was immediately updated to reflect this state:
My friend the great Roman Fabrizio sent a text to my mobile phone:
“Fugite partes adversae!”
To which I responded:
“Vicit Leo de tribu Iuda!”
Will the next Pope be a “Leo”?