Latin oaths and 007 gadgets in Vatican lockdown for pope vote

6a93cardinals Latin oaths and 007 gadgets in Vatican lockdown for pope vote

Secrecy has always been paramount to the papal conclave, whereRoman Catholic cardinals will vote on who is to become the nextpope.  Their latest meeting comes after Pope Benedictshocked the world with his surprise resignation on February 28th2013.During this year’s vote security is tighter than ever, jammingdevices will be used in the Sistine Chapel inside the Vatican andat nearby guest houses at Santa Marta where the 115 cardinals willsleep during the conclave, it was reported by localmedia. A special scrambling device – straight out of the pages of aJohn Le Carre novel – will be installed under Michelangelo’s Frescowhich will block any attempt to phone or text the outsideworld.  Bug sweepers will also ensure the Sistine chapelis secure from unwanted eavesdroppers.The cardinals will even be bussed the 750 yards from Santa Martato the Sistine chapel, just in case they should get the urge totalk to anyone they shouldn’t.The cardinals will also be banned from using any computers, soemail and twitter are also firmly out of bounds.“In this electronic age, I worry some cardinals may go intoipad or twitter withdrawal,” said Sister Mary Ann Walsh, mediarelations director for the United States Conference of CatholicBishops, in a blog post.But it’s not all down to high tech gadgets. A number oftraditions will be strictly followed to ensure that the ballot issecret.The cardinals must draw lots to find out where they are sittingduring the vote and once everyone has cast their vote the votes arecounted while at the same time a needle and thread are passedthrough the ballots, the thread is then knotted at the end of thecount to ensure everything remains fraud free.Latin is used by the Roman Catholic administrators, including atthe start of voting when they announce “extra omens!” whichmeans ‘everybody [except cardinals] out’!The cardinals must all swear an oath of secrecy and once a popeis chosen white smoke will be seen coming out of the Vatican’schimney.But even this centuries old tradition has not been immune tohigh-tech shenanigans. In the case of no pope having been chosen, achemical is used to make sure the smoke comes out black, but itdoesn’t always work and last time the smoke came out gray.During the last conclave in which pope Benedict was elected inApril 2005, notes from one of the cardinals were leaked in which itwas found out that an Argentine Jesuit Cardinal was reportedlyrunner up to Pope Benedict.While a German ‘bishop’, Ralph Napierski, managed to get pastVatican security and mingled with actual cardinals before his boguscassock and fedora gave him away.


Latin oaths and 007 gadgets in Vatican lockdown for pope vote

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