And so it came to pass we have a new Pope, Francis I.
He looks like a bright and kindly man, who will lead the church into the future.
I for one am pleased to see the first pope from the Americas; it has been a long time in coming.
Furthermore, his humble life-style in Argentina, and care of the poor, are excellent attributes for the modern-day leader.
The Red Cardinal blog cannot miss the opportunity to admire the red cardinals;
Imagine trying to concentrate in the Sistine Chapel surrounded by the frescos of Michaelangelo...
The throne of St Peter..
Our one Australian Cardinal, George Pell, was there to vote, of course.
I don't think we will see an Australian pope in my lifetime.
The white smoke: a quaint traditional way to spread the news.
We are told the new pope takes his name from St Francis of Assisi ..
St Francis lived a life of poverty and founded the Franciscan order of friars.
He is known as the patron saint of animals and the environment, and created the first Nativity Scene.
And if you are easily horrified look away now -
Amid a chorus of lorikeets shrieking,
this little scene occurred just outside our window during breakfast this week:
Quite put me off, it did...
(Subsequent photos are too gruesome for publication)
It is a jungle here at the Red Cardinal nest.
Have a lovely weekend