Let the Conclave begin!
Wait, what's that? There's already a snag? Frontrunner Papal would-be, Cardinal Angelo Scola's diocese has just been raided by Italy's anti-mafia cop squad.
Anti-mafia detectives swooped on homes, offices, clinics and hospitals
in Lombardy, the region around Milan, and elsewhere. A statement said
the dawn raids were part of an investigation into "corruption linked to
tenders by, and supplies to, hospitals".
Healthcare in Lombardy is the principal responsibility of the regional
administration, which for the past 18 years has been run by Roberto
Formigoni, a childhood friend of Scola and the leading political
representative of the Communion and Liberation fellowship. Until
recently, Scola was seen as the conservative group's most distinguished
But why should the Cardinals get all the fun? The Guardian has a neat interactive page where you get to pick the next Pope. They call it The Pontifficator. See if you can spot the next Disciple.
I'm backing this dude, Cardinal Robert Sarah, because he looks way cooler than the rest.
Meanwhile, BBC News reports that there's a stir about a major Vatican department housed atop Italy's premier gay spa.