The College of Cardinals have elected the Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the 266th pope who has chosen the name Pope Francis I.
The new Pope was announced by French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the senior cardinal in the order of deacons, at the basilica balcony. The conclave for the election lasted a mere 2 days which is considered to be a swift conclusion for the process.
Photo courtesy of the Cathedral of the Incarnation
Cathedral of the Incarnation,
The Cathedral of the Incarnation is the second parish in the Diocese of Nashville. Construction of the cathedral began in 1910, lasted four and a half years and was formally dedicated on July 26, 1914.
The cathedral resembles a typical Roman basilica: rectangular in shape serving as a court of law during the Roman Empire. The exterior is comprised of yellow glazed brick and a red tile roof which was modeled after the church of San Martino ai Monti in Rome. The tower, rising 100 feet above the Cathedral, is a replica of St. Damase in Rome.
The cathedral interior is decorated in 13th-century Italian Renaissance style. Just two of the many beautiful features are the ceiling and clerestory windows. The ceiling is made of an ornamental plaster called rigalico. Upon the plaster, symbols associated with the death of Jesus are placed in the north end of the nave, while His birth is represented near the sanctuary on the south end. The clerestory windows were designed to provide light and to focus one's attention on the sanctuary. They include blue-flashed glass hand blown in France, antique lead crystal glass, a clear glass that forms a checkerboard effect, prisms and floral patterns made from glass paint. On sunny days, the prisms cast rainbows throughout the Cathedral.
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By Lauren Colegrove VATICAN CITY ' I applied for the Vatican internship program through Villanova University thinking that I would learn about journalism by observing/shadowing reporters, proofreading articles, attending general audiences ' only across the ocean from the campus, language, and culture I was familiar with. Although I sort of understood how a newsroom worked, at least ' ' Continue reading →