By Mike Bush
VATICAN CITY (KSDK) - There have been clouds and rain the past few days in Vatican City, but now the sun is out and nothing seems to be dampening the spirit of the Catholic faithful as they await the election of the new pope.
The conclave set to begin Tuesday inside the Sistine Chapel.
Earlier we told you about the Pontifical North American College. Founded more than 150 years ago, it is a place where seminarians from the United States, Australia, and Canada come to study to become priests, and there are a number of St. Louisans here.
The St. Louisans are handpicked by the archbishop, and it's an opportunity to study right in the heart of Christendom, just steps away from the Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica.
Deacon Charles Samson will be ordained later this year and we spent some time talking about this unique opportunity.
"We live at the North American College but we study at the Universities in the city. So it's a unique chance to live and study next to the Holy Father, we see him. We see him on Sundays in the Angeleus. We listen to him, we serve, I got to be the acolyte for one of Pope Benedict's masses recently and it's a great way to enter into the life of the church," said Deacon Samson.
Deacon Samson went to St. Louis University High School and says he was very excited to hear about their state hockey championship.