Sacramento Catholics Await Papal Election

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SACRAMENTO-

As the election of the most powerful man in the Roman Catholic church approaches, father Jim Murphy and his Sacramento congregation prayed Monday evening.

“We’re praying to the Holy Spirit to guide them to make the right decision,” said Father Murphy.

Similar prayers will be repeated Tuesday morning by 115 Cardinals in the Roman Catholic Church before they cast their votes – two of those cardinals are in California.

“Each Cardinal gets up and goes to the altar drops his ballot and says out loud, I vow before God that I believe I have voted for the man I think is best suited for the job,” said Father Murphy

It all takes place in the Sistine Chapel.

If a two-thirds vote is not met the ballots are burned with a chemical that produces black smoke meaning no decision.

The process is repeated until a majority is met.

“And then they burn the ballots and this time they use a chemical that produces white smoke and that means they got two-thirds majority. A new pope has been elected,” said Father Murphy

Never before has a pope been from outside of Europe, now talks of diversity has Murphy and his congregation excited.

“There are 1.2 billion Catholics, two-thirds of them are outside the West. The action of the church is in Africa, Asia, Latin America. That would mean a recognition of that, that the church is changing,” said Father Murphy

Father Murphy believes the best suitor should have a global vision and is savvy with social media.

“It is historic and exciting. It means a whole new chapter in the church, a whole new beginning and I can not wait to see what they do,” said Father Murphy.

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