On Tuesday, 115 Catholic cardinals from around the world will isolate themselves from the world to choose the successor to Pope Benedict XVI, who made a historic decision to step down last month.

While there’s no tweeting allowed inside the papal conclave…

https://twitter.com/mariodragi/status/310791102825385985

…global media and onlookers on the outside are abuzz on social media. Welcome to the “virtual papal conclave:”

Yes, there’s an app for that:

Twitchy contributing editor Adam Brickley, a self-proclaimed Vatican junkie who wrote his thesis on papal conclave dynamics, has the lowdown on the process and the front runners:

Yes, observers are placing their bets:

Twitchy will be watching for the smoke with the rest of the Twittersphere and will provide continuing coverage as deliberations continue.

  • $45065723

    There is something incredibly beautiful and refined about this traditional election. I’m very much looking forward to our new spiritual leader.

    • Heather_A

      All I have to say is, Godspeed, ’cause Popin’ ain’t easy.

      ~H

    • Infinite_Indeterminism

      It had better be: They’ve been practicing for centuries…





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