Normas Nonnullas – Apostolic Letter Issued: Motu Proprio: Normas Nonnullas of the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI on Certain Modifications to the Norms Governing the Election of the Roman Pontiff – high school and up
28 February 2013 News Item: Sede Vacante: The See of Rome is Vacant – high school and up
Credits for images of Letter + Stamps: the Vatican Radio English page on Facebook
01 March 2013: The Letter Sent to the Cardinals (may be used for study of Italian and/or copywork – middle school and up)
Translation provided by Dave Gibboni:
From the Vatican, March 1, 2013
According to the requirement of the Apostolic Constitution “Universi dominici gregis,” of 22 February 1996, number 19, in the case of the death of the Supreme Pontiff, I have the duty to communicate officially to Your Eminence the news of the vacancy of the Apostolic See through the renunciation presented by Pope Benedict XVI, and effective from last night, 28 February, at 8:00 pm Rome time.
To communicate that, I have the duty to call Your Eminence to the first of the General Congregations of the College of Cardinals, to take place Monday, March 4, at 9:30 am in the Paul VI Auditorium, Bishops’ Synod Room.
The General Congregations will continue then regularly until the complete number of Cardinal Electors is reached and the College of Cardinals decides then the date of the entrance into Conclave of the aforementioned Cardinal Electors, based on what was recently prescribed in the “Motu Proprio” of 22 February around some modifications of the norms related to the election of the Roman Pontiff.
On my part I am happy to take such an opportunity to extend my fraternal greetings.
Cordially in the Lord,
Angelo Card. Sodano
To the most eminent Lord Cardinals
Here’s a coloring page I made for Nino: sede-vacante-70-coloring-page
Information on Stamps and Coins of the Sede Vacante – middle school and up
The Sede Vacante Logo:
Regina at A Living Garden is sharing a wonderful Papal Election Playset with Printables. — Excellent for preschoolers
Conclave Keys from 18th Century:
Interactive Website on How a Pope is Elected, from Vatican Insider – elementary and up
You can adopt a (or several) cardinal(s) to pray for over here at Adopt a Cardinal.org
From Our Sunday Visitor: How the Church Chooses a Pope
Oh and HAHAHAHA! LOL’ing at this hilarious video made by Lutherans. (Yes, they’re making fun of Catholics, but I can see the humor/truth in it as well.) — high school and up, good for discussion
Several designers have come up with helpful infographics on the conclave:
Disclaimer: I have not reviewed these carefully so don’t know how faithful they are. It might be a good exercise for high schoolers and up to spot errors or biases.
Infographic from MSN
From GMA News (Philippines)
interesting FB and Twitter Infographic from Al Jazeera
Another from Elise at Kissing the Leper
an interactive set of infographics from the LA Times
Tim Meko’s Infographic for the Catholic News Service
ElectingthePope.net – How the papal conclave works, and other questions about the papacy – for middle school and up
A free downloadable guide to the Papal Conclave from the Catholic Truth Society. – high school and up
And finally, some Fantasy Conclave fun.
And of course, more fun activities and crafts for all ages, from fellow homeschooling moms:
Chris C’s compilation at Campfires and Cleats
A super-extensive unit study from Willa at Take Up and Read
Pope Activities for Catholic Kids from Lacy at Catholic Icing
Black and White Smoke from The Happy Scientist, found via the 4Real Forum
Maryan’s collection of lapbook printables
An excellent Papal Unit Study Lapbook from Jessica at Shower of Roses
Paper Bishop Miter or Pope Hat from the Cotter family — perfect for little boys!
Learning About the Election of a New Pope from Jennifer at Catholic Inspired
Drool. “All About the Pope” Collection at Catholic Artworks – I want the “What Does the Pope Wear” Set!
Monica just shared this over at the forum: the floorplan for St. Peter’s Basilica
I’ve also updated my “A Tribute to Papa Bene” post to include more links, information and activities.
04 March 2013:
adding more newsy bits, etc.: