Sede Vacante

At 2:00 Eastern Time today, February 28, Pope Benedict XVI leaves the office of the papacy.

The image above is the coat of arms of the Camerlengo, the cardinal who directs the work of the conclave to elect a new pope.  The Camerlengo has no papal authority in the interregnum.

The umbrella and blank shield and scroll are indications that the Chair of St. Peter is empty or sede vacante.

Let us pray for the Pontiff Emeritus as he leaves the papacy;  for the cardinals who will elect his successor; and for the people he will serve.

Come, Holy Spirit!


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