Smoke Watch – Being a Savvy Conclave Fan and Member of the Papa-ratzi

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CONCLAVE updates at END

No’pe = a contraction indicating that there is no pope. This type of humorous comment (thanks, Stacy T) – in addition to serious conversations about the conclave – has been the fare of the day in the world of electronic media. As we all wait in eager anticipation, we find ourselves a part of the Papa-ratzi or papal information seekers. In this electronic age of ours, we don’t have to go far to feed our frenzy for knowledge. And what a historic time it is, when we witness the election of a new pope during the lifetime of a pope who has stepped down. This brief post then, seeks to help you to stay abreast of the papal news as it happens.


EWTN will be broadcasting live conclave updates on their television station as well as on their website.

If you still have a bit of catching up to do – as far as exactly how a conclave works – this quick YouTube video will help.

Vatican Insider also has a really nice interactive site that gives much useful information about all things about the conclave.

Are you a fan of the Swiss Guard? Well, look no further than their Facebook page where you will find “news coverage, videos, and photos highlighting our Guards in the Vatican”.

Of course keeping an eye on the Catholic Sistas fan page will bring you news you can use as well as charts and information to round out your knowledge of conclave happenings.

To participate in prayerful reflection on the election process and those involved you can join Catholic Sistas in our 40 Days of Prayer for the Chair of Saint Peter.

If you would like to personalize your prayers you can adopt your own Cardinal over on the Adopt a Cardinal website. I was given Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco and created a meme for him over on my Designs by Birgit page. So far there are 4,000 people praying for each of the 115 Cardinal Electors participating in the conclave.

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Even the secular press has some helpful information, such as this graphic from the Wall Street Journal.

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Of course you are also bound to enjoy Facebook, Twitter (@Catholic_Sistas), and chatting with IRL (in real life) friends about this great time in the life of the Church. Please feel free to ask questions or post helpful sites and information in the combox. We will be praying together as we await the election of a new Vicar of Christ!

Check below for updates and additions…

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Conclave UPDATES:

Here’s an interesting change for the new papacy -the newly elected pope will go to Adoration before the announcement of his name!

Do you have an iPhone or iPad? If so, check out Conclave, an app designed to provide plenty of information at your fingertips – no matter where you might be. Whether you are looking for news and information about the election of the next pope or want to watch for the white smoke rising from the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican – this is the app for you.


Did you know that there are actually two stoves involved in the smoke we see? One for the ballots and the other for the sole purpose of signalling whether or not there has been a successful conclave. Catholic News Agency has the scoop and a video in this fascinating article.

For an interesting array of informational snippets, read 20 Fun Facts about Papal Elections in Church History over at Canterbury Tales.

I, myself, have been confused about how many times to expect smoke and how many votes there will be in any given day. Having heard what seemed like contractory reports from usually dependable sources, I wasn’t sure if it was 2 or 4 per day. This graphic finally explains it – the answer is 4 votes but smoke only twice. Confused? Check out the explanation below.

 Do You Have Questions or Suggestions?

Don’t forget to suggest more sources or share links with us. We’ll add them to this post. Stay tuned for more…