Practised observers of the papal conclave, which got underway in Rome yesterday, have described the first black smoke to emerge from the Sistine Chapel chimney as ‘thick, potent, and smelling suspiciously of weed’.
The Vatican has announced that a huge latex prayer dome is to be erected in St Peter’s Square in honour of Pope Benedict XVI. It is expected to be the first of many throughout the world, and will offer millions of ordinary Catholics unmatched protection from the elements.
It was a glittering evening at the Vatican last night as celebrity Cardinals from around the world gathered on the red carpet outside St Peter’s for the announcement of the coveted award of Best Pontiff 2013. But as always, it was the dresses that caused the biggest sensation.