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‘Sede vacante’: Papal Seat is empty and so is the Twitter account

the papal seat is empty

The traditions of the papacy is engulfed in rich history. From the breaking of the papal seal to hitting the head of a deceased pope with a hammer, a new Church tradition has begun in the digital age. The sede vacante (from Latin sedes, -is; chair; third declension) which is the term given to the time period between popes seems to also appy in the digital age. With over 1.6M followers on Twitter, @Pontifex has deleted all its previous tweets to symbolize that the papacy is in transition. The screen name of Pope Benedict VI has also been removed to honor the sede vacante.

By Jayvee Fernandez

Jayvee Fernandez is a tech enthusiast, EAN certified SCUBA Diver and underwater photographer based in Metro Manila, Philippines. His photos and videos have appeared in various international and local publications including Random House Germany, Discovery Channel Canada, and CNN.

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