A fairly large crowd of several thousand pilgrims and tourists has gathered in St. Peter's Square this morning, many of them with their eyes fixed on the tiny chimney in the corner, beside the facade of the basilica.
The mood is upbeat, despite the wet and the cold: not the kind of weather many were expecting of Rome. But this could be a time when all expectations are scuppered and a successor Peter is elected whom few observers had been predicting.
Indeed, the longer this conclave lasts (as of writing, three votes, but no election), the more likely it is that those considered to be front-runners will not be elected, and the cardinals will decide on someone "below the radar." Such is...READ MORE