Geopolitics, international intrigue, third-world cardinals maneuvering for position against the first-world establishment... all amid the shadowy nooks and crannies of St. Peter's Basilica.
That's what Internet is full of right now, as the clock ticks down towards Benedict XVI's resignation.
Meanwhile, the Roman Curia and Benedict himself are... praying. Together. Last night they began their annual Lenten retreat: a week of silent reflection and prayer.
In Matthew 16:16 Christ promised to found his Church on Peter, giving him the strength to shepherd the Church, and the guidance necessary to see us home to heaven. Pope politics aren't about choosing who will get to wield that power. They're about choosing who God will wield that power through - the Pope is God's instrument.
The Vatican is praying. Join in.
#God is prepping a new pope for his Church... only the new pope doesn't know it yet. Prayers for him, whoever he is!
— Br Benjamin (@bro_bol) February 11, 2013