Monsignor Guido Marini, 56, above, closing the doors of the Sistine Chapel inside the Vatican just before the opening of the last Papal Conclave in March of 2013. Monsignor Marini was the Master of Pontifical Ceremonies in the Vatican from 2007 until today, throughout the last part of the pontificate of Pope Benedict and the entire pontificate Pope Francis, but yesterday Marini was promoted to be the bishop of Tortona in northern Italy, near Genoa, his native city. The change had been rumored for some time.

    Below, a RomeReports video of the occasion. You may see all of the monsignors who are not voting cardinals file out of the huge doors of the Sistine Chapel on March 12, 2013. The doors squeaked, as you can hear, and one watcher commented “Those door hinges could do with a few squirts of WD40″ (a lubricating oil spray that reduces friction in hinges)

    Above, Pope Francis celebrating Mass with Monsignor Guido Marini at his side as the Master of Papal Ceremonies

Praise the Lord

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