SUNDAY, the Feast of Christ the King, may prove to be the day of election for the man who is to succeed Pope Pius XII as Pope, Bishop of Rome and Vicar of Jesus Christ.
The Sacred College of Cardinals, meeting in secret conclave can vote four times on Sunday and it could be that before the day is over the newly-elected Sovereign Pontiff announced by the Senior Cardinal Deacon, Cardinal Canali, will emerge on the balcony of St. Peter's and, facing television cameras of the world as well as the immense throng below him, give his first Papal blessing Urbi et orbi," to the City and to the World."
Tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon, vigil of the great feast. members of the Sacred College of Cardinals, together with their personal assistants and others necessary for the running of the Conclave, will gather in a sealed-off section of the Vatican Palace.
The doors will be locked on the inside by the Camerlengo, Cardinal Maseila, and on the outside by the Marshal of the Conclave, a hereditary post of the Chigi family, now held by Prince Chigi.