Religion: The Conclave

All week long, the aromatic smell of in cense filled the churches of Rome. Blackedged posters proclaiming the death of Pope Pius XII covered the walls of the city, and everywhere, among the poor and the prosperous, men were wearing black armbands and women black veils. But even as the hammers rang out in St.

Peter's to align the lid of the Pope's lead coffin, all Rome was humming, too, in preparation for the suspense and mystery of electing the 262nd Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.

"Abandon prognostications on the conclave," exhorted Osservatore...

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