It’s not often on the Vatican beat that one has the opportunity to use a word such as “unprecedented,” but what we’ll see today truly qualifies: A pope traveling by helicopter to his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo to visit his still-living predecessor, who before long will be moving in just around the corner on Vatican grounds.
In 2011, Italian director Nanni Moretti made a movie, "Habemus Papam" ("We Have a Pope"), about a cardinal elected a most reluctant pope starring Michel Piccoli as the pope. The movie was on my Netflix list, and when the conclave began, I bumped it up to No. 1. It was mailed right out to me.
After four rounds of voting, you, the readers, selected Cardinal Angelo Scola as the man you thought would become the next pope.
About a month ago, we started with the 117 eligible cardinals in the College of Cardinals, then had readers vote on the top 25, the top 10, then the top five. Scola of Milan won in the final round, with Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston as the runner-up, coming in 30 votes behind Scola.