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Saturday, April 02, 2005

Should We Watch the Door?

Traditionally, one sign of a Pope's death is the closing of the Bronze Door at the side of St. Peter's Basilica. In these waning moments of Pope John Paul's life, Vatican watchers have kept a close eye on the door, but will it really be closed as soon as the Pope dies? Maybe not. When two Popes died within quick succession of each other in 1978, the door was not closed and therefore not used a symbol of the passing of the Popes. The door is closed each evening so if the Pope dies during the night, the Bronze Door may not be used as a sign signaling his death.


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