installing the chimney

My pic of the installation of the famous chimney at the Sistine Chapel.


About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Fr. Z is the guy who runs this blog. o{]:¬)
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  1. wanda says:

    Helloooo, Fr. Z.! It must be amazing to be there. Looking forward to your reports. Prayers for your safe travels and good health.

  2. BLB Oregon says:

    Do you mean the chimney is not always there? I had no idea. I learn something every time I check in here!

  3. Stumbler but trying says:

    EWTN has great coverage on all things Rome and has been showing how the chimney is built just for the conclave as well as the two stoves in the Sistine Chapel. Very informative.

  4. Lady Catcliffe says:

    A little light-hearted reflection on this penultimate day before the conclave:
    ‘Twas the Night Before Conclave.

    ‘Twas the night before Conclave
    And all throughout Rome
    Folk cast anxious eye
    Past Saint Peter’s dome

    To the roof of the Sistine
    And the new chimney there
    In the hope that white smoke
    Would soon fill the air.

    Whilst the Spirit of God,
    The Heilege Geist,
    Poured His seven-fold gifts
    On the cardinals that night.

    On Ouillet, Dolan, Scola, and Burke
    On Scherer, Schoenborn, Erdo and Turk-
    son, Wuerl, Ranjith, and one hundred five others
    all praying the Rosary of our Blessed Mother.

    For on the next morn, they’d offer a Mass,
    And, in procession, through hallways they’d pass,
    Singing Veni Sancte Spiritus, through the Sistine’s doors,
    Which would then be locked, to open no more,

    ‘Til bells pealed and white smoke swirled into the sky,
    And through Saint Peter’s Square echoed the cry,
    “Habemus Papam!” and the new Holy Father
    Stepped forth to speak and bless those who had gathered.

    So let Christ’s faithful pray from the heart,
    For non-cardinals, too, all must take part
    In choosing Saint Peter’s successor, through prayer.
    For Christ promised His Church: The gates of hell will not prevail.

  5. MisterH says:

    Below is an excerpt from the poem “The Roman Tryptych: Meditations” by Blessed John Paul II.

    In the excerpt, John Paul offers a powerful meditation on the conclave and on the role of the Sistine Chapel in the choosing of the pope:

  6. Katylamb says:

    Lady Catcliff,
    Thanks for making me smile. :)

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