This is an exciting time for the Church!
Beginning this Tuesday, March 12, the conclave will begin and a new pope will ultimately be elected.
This week I wanted to share some resources that are helpful when learning about this important process of electing the new Vicar of Christ.
First, I recommend the site: AdoptACardinal.org
This site makes it very easy to spiritually adopt a cardinal, so you and your children can keep one of the voting cardinals in prayer throughout the conclave. The site will randomly assign one of the cardinals to you and give you a little information about the cardinal. For example, we were assigned Polycarp Cardinal Pengo from Dar-es–Salaam, Tanzania.
This is a great opportunity for you and your children to do a bit of research on the cardinal for whom you will be praying. In our case, after learning about Cardinal Pengo, we made up a sheet of facts and pictures representing this Prince of the Church. Some of the facts you might want to include are:
- When he was born
- How old he is
- When he was ordained
- When he became a cardinal
- What his motto is
- Any other pertinent information
Once you complete your sheet of facts and pictures, you can put this in a visible place to remember to pray for him throughout the conclave. Our sheet is posted in the dining room so we remember to pray for Cardinal Pengo at meal times, asking the Holy Spirit to guide him in following the will of God in electing the next pope.
Writer and blogger Elizabeth Foss has also identified some excellent resources for all ages that I wanted to highlight:
- “Electing Peter’s Successor:
An Overview of a Papal Election” (good for younger children)
- “Who Are These People?” (about the roles of the cardinals during the conclave, good for younger children)
- “Did You Know?” (interesting facts about the conclave, good for younger children)
- “FYI” (facts and trivia about the papacy, good for younger children)
- Our Sunday Visitor’s “Papal Conclave” (explanation of the process, good for middle school students and up)
- “Papal Election Legal Research Guide” (good for high school students and up)
May God bless the Roman Catholic Church as this process begins, and may His will be done in the selection of our next Holy Father.
“Thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” –Matthew 16:18