The Apostolic See is now vacant.
Hence, let us BEGIN a Solemn Novena to the Holy Spirit - in supplication for a holy successor to Benedict XVI. And let us continue to pray for the Cardinals, and for the whole Church, until we have a new Supreme Pontiff.
Prayer is the highest of technologies - it is the one single effective communications technique which reaches beyond the physical universe to HE WHO IS, and as you may recall, He told us to pray constantly. We ought to do this, in our homes and offices and labs, for ourselves and our families and our co-workers - and especially when we are confronted by significant cases such as this.