By John Waage
Benedict became the first pontiff in 600 years to resign rather than die in office. One 21st Century reflection of the change is the papal Twitter page, where Benedict’s picture has been deleted and his tweets moved to another area of the website.
Monday’s meeting of the cardinals opened in prayer, and each cardinal took an oath of secrecy, pledging to keep quiet about matters related to the election of the next pope.
The cardinals have not yet set a date for the election because some of the 115 cardinals who will vote have not yet arrived in Rome.