Vatican City • Catholics have responded to the announcement of the conclave to begin next Tuesday, and outline what they expect in the new Pope's profile: "With more closeness to the people," who will "help the world achieve peace" and to end the impunity within the Church.
But the faithful have responded not only in the spiritual but also economically: Airlines on Friday reported that increased demand for their tickets and flights to Rome had limited availability, as occurs with the hotels. However, alternatives are offered, such as religious houses and guest-houses, which have a lower cost.
While admiring the Plaza de San Pedro with his wife, Camille Vela, of Ecuador, said that "it is an interesting time to monitor what happens in Rome, because things have happened different than usual, as the resignation of a pope , which leaves a lot to think and reflect upon, especially when lives Catholicism challenges and has to move forward. "
Among those challenges, he said, is the secularization also must work as John Paul II and travel around the world. "We really are under divine grace of the Holy Spirit, and we hope it is the right choice."
Mary Sioca, of Uruguay, who's traveling with a tour group, said excitedly that it is "a dream moment, is magical, incredibly historic, because it will elect a new Pope."
this process is "for good and meets all humanity in peace, that is what is missing: that we are all brothers."
The hundreds of tourists who arrived in the morning at the Plaza de San Pedro were attracted by the placement of the fireplace where the white smoke will come to be identified with the new pope there.
they are now preparing the stove where they burn the ballots of the cardinal electors indicating the result of the process.
The Vatican Press Office today reported that the stove, first used in the conclave of 1939, steel, cylindrical, and tapers at the top, which is about three feet in height and diameter 0.45. It has a lower door for the introduction of lighters and top door where they put the ballots of voting.
At the top of the stove are printed dates with the year and month of the conclaves: 1939/III, Pius XII, 1958 / X, John XXIII; 1963/VI, Paul VI; 1978/VIII, John Paul I; 1978 / X, John Paul II, and 2005/IV, Benedict XVI.
In 2005, for the election of Pope Benedict XVI emeritus, added another apparatus and chemicals used to enhance the quantity and color of black smoke if no Pope, and white if he has already been elected by the cardinals.