There are rumblings taking place in the Vatican. In the middle ages it was common for intrigue and behind the scenes politics to dominate the Vatican as cardinals jostled to strengthen their position to be the next pope. It looks like things don’t change too much in the world’s smallest state. Currently this is happening again. Pope Benedict is looking considerably more frail than usual and the college of cardinals sense the time for a new Pope is approaching. The most powerful cardinals are sussing out where their support lies and who is in line for the thrown of St. Peter and to become God’s voice on earth. Will it be an Italian for the first time in three Popes?
While we are aware that the consensus is that a new conclave will take place in the Sistine Chapel sooner rather than later, it was quite remarkable the the Archbishop of Palermo predicted that the current Pope will die within next year. If you were Pope Benedict, it is not exactly something you would like to hear from one of your trusted servants.
The Vatican has been shook to its core recently with what has been called Vatileaks. Secret documents have been leaked in what has been understood to be an attempt to undermine Cardinal Bertone who is favourite to succeed Benedict. He has clashed with many behind the scenes and others feel his lack of linguistic skills mean he is ill-equipped for the job. These are interesting times. If you are interested in a fascinating tour of the Vatican this summer please join us at Roman Empire Tours.