Wanna help pick the next pope? Good news!

You now have the opportunity to actively be part of this providential endeavour by having a Cardinal assigned to you, who you will support through your prayer and intercession during the coming weeks before and during the conclave and for three days following the election.

Here's what you do: you go to www.adoptacardinal.org, you enter your name, your enter your email address, you enter the security code provided, you click "adopt." A second later an email pops up in your box with your cardinal's name, birthdate, and job description. Here's my cardinal:

Dear Dan Savage,


You have adopted this Cardinal: Antonio Cañizares Llovera, from Spain, born 1945-10-15. He's been a Cardinal since 2006-3-24 and his function is: Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. May the prayer for your Cardinal be deeply blessed.

The team behind www.adoptacardinal.org

But here's the best part: you don't have to enter your own name or your own email address. I've been adopting cardinals for my friends all morning. Surprise your friends by adopting cardinals for them! (Via Catholic blogger and anti-gay bigot Suzanne Fortin.)