Nuntio Vobis Magnum Gaudium…the Sistine Chapel will re-open to the public on Monday, March 18th at 9:00am.
Tuesday night in Rome at 7:06 pm local time the fumata bianca, the white smoke, pouring out of the Sistine Chapel announced that a new pope had been chosen.
If you happened to be in Rome, you probably had the once-in-a-lifetime chance to stand in Piazza San Pietro waiting for the introduction of the new Pope (Fun fact: A record 30 millions Italians, almost half the country’s total population, tuned in to watch it LIVE on their TVs.)
After the ritual announcement Habemus Papam (We have the Pope), the 266th Pontiff of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis I, showed up in white robes on the balcony of the St. Peter’s Basilica. The new pope, the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, is not only the first Francis of the Roman Church but also the first non-European pope in more than 1,200 years.
The end of the Conclave is great news for all tourists. As we had reported in this blog post and in a Press Release early this week, the Sistine Chapel was closed to accomodate the College of Cardinals convened to elect the new Bishop of Rome. With the announcement of the new pope travelers can now resume admiring with awe the perfection of Michelangelo’s Last Judgment thanks to Select Italy’s Skip the Line Tickets for the Sistine Chapels and the Vatican Museums, available online.
Did you have a chance to see the Pope in St. Peter’s Square? Let us know!