• We all gathered in the editor’s office when the white smoke appeared, setting his computer to the NBC website, otherwise known as the network on which George Weigel appears. As we waited, and it seemed to take forever, one junior fellow stood, the other perched on the end of the couch close to the computer. For a while, the editor lay on the floor and stared at the ceiling. Several of us sat editing or writing, because deadlines are deadlines, new pope or no new pope.

Then the doors opened and Cardinal Tauran came out. When he announced the new pope’s name, we said together in chorus, earnestly and energetically, with millions and millions of Catholics around the world: “ Who ?” It would have been nice had the cardinal spoken clearly.

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