As we patiently await the beatification of Pope John Paul II, here is a little something, for those of you, who like me, are not old enough to remember the election of Pope John Paul II, on the 16th of October 1978.
Karol Wojtyła won the papal election on the eighth ballot on the second day with, according to the Italian press, 99 votes from the 111 participating electors. He subsequently chose the name John Paul II in honour of his immediate predecessor, and the traditional white smoke informed the crowd gathered in St. Peter's Square that a pope had been chosen. He accepted his election with these words: ‘With obedience in faith to Christ, my Lord, and with trust in the Mother of Christ and the Church, in spite of great difficulties, I accept.’ When the new pontiff appeared on the balcony, he broke tradition by addressing the gathered crowd. (Wikipedia)