By Genevieve Bregoli ’13
Being in Rome during such a historical moment has definitely enhanced my study-abroad experience.
When I first heard about the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, I knew that it was about to get a little hectic in Rome. The last time a pope resigned was 600 years ago!
With everything going on, I have been learning a lot about the selection process in my classes, and have a better understanding of the papal selection.
Basically, the cardinals go into conclave where they must vote for the next pope. Everyday, people watch for the smoke that signifies whether the new pope has been chosen. Black smoke signifies that the decision is still being made, where white smoke signifies a decision.
People wait outside all day waiting to see what color the smoke will be. Living not too far from Vatican City, I am waiting for the day to run to the Vatican and take part in the celebration of the new pope.
Quinnipiac has taught me to be an active member in my community, and I have definitely been making the most of my time here in Rome by staying involved in this historical moment.