Inspired by Benedict XVI, five brazilians launched Sunday the Web site

"United for the Conclave" is directed to all young people around the world. The site is compiling a spiritual bouquet for all the cardinal electors.

It is one of many initiatives that have sprung up since the Pope's Feb. 11 announcement of his resignation.

The spiritual bouquet offerings include Masses, Eucharistic adoration, fasting and other devotions and sacrifices.

The site is conceived as reminiscent of the young Juan Diego, who offered roses to Bishop Juan Zumárraga as requested by the Virgin of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas.

In addition to the main goal of encouraging prayer for the cardinals, the initiative also highlights the upcoming World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro.

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A Penitential Time

In this week’s editorial, Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, speaks of the external challenges and pressures put on the Church since the resignation of Pope Benedict and leading up to the upcoming conclave. Fr. Lombardi is the director of the Press Office of the Holy See.