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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Learning about the Papal Election

            When Pope John Paul II was elected, I was a toddler.  When Pope Benedict XVI was elected, I had a 6 year old, who was in kindergarten, and a three year old, a two year old, and an eight week old at home with me.  Though I clearly remember Pope JPII’s death and funeral, I remember very little of the papal election that followed.   

          I do remember hearing the names of possible new popes.  And, I remember hoping and praying for Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.  I remember feeling happy and filled with peace that he was the new Pope, but I don’t remember watching for the white smoke, or hearing the announcement “Habemus Papam.” 
            This time, (though I am a little sad that Pope Benedict is retiring) I am very anxiously awaiting the exhilaration of hearing the announcement that, “We have a Pope!”  I have spent the last few days learning all that I can about the process and preparing lessons to share it all with my children.    

           My children and I sat down this morning surrounded by things I had printed off from the computer and we talked about the conclave, the College of Cardinals, and the procedures for electing and installing a new pope.  We looked at pictures of St. Peter’s square and I pointed out the Sistine Chapel where the conclave will take place and where our new Pope will be chosen.  It is all very exciting and there is so much to learn! 
            Some of the resources we came across were so fabulous I just had to share….  So here is a list of the resources that my children and I found most helpful:

  • How a Pope is elected, an interactive slideshow: 
  • A Papal Unit Study-- found on "Shower of Roses" blog
  • A diagram of Papal Vestements
  • 2 articles on Papal elections and history--
    found on "In the Heart of my Home" blog
  • Super cute crafts and activities for kids of all ages
  • Adopt a Cardinal to pray for


  1. Kari,

    Thank you so much for your post, and all the helpful links!

    God bless!

  2. Sue-

    Hope you and your family enjoy checking some (or all) of them out!

    God Bless, Kari

  3. Great ideas, thank you! It certainly is an exciting time with much to look forward to.

    1. Your welcome! It is an exciting time in our Church. Much to look forward to, AND much to pray for...