ROME – Electing a Pope is mysterious, intriguing but above all secretive. All 115 Cardinals in the Conclave can’t discuss what’s going on during the Papal election and staff working alongside the Cardinals voting inside the Sistine Chapel must swear an oath of secrecy.
NDJ World | Published: Mar 11 2013 Europe→World News
The Cardinals are also sworn to utmost secrecy among themselves and anyone, including the staff, not obeying that rule could face excommunication from the church.
In the days of old ensuring nothing leaked during the Papal election was relatively easy to accomplish. But in today’s world, considering there is internet, email, computers and smartphones that Cardinals have access to, making sure the election remains a secret, requires additional security steps of equally advanced technology.
Cell phones jamming devices – signal blocking gadgets – are installed in the Sistine Chapel were the new Pope will be elected as well as in the houses surrounding at Santa Marta.
The jamming devices will prevent hidden microphones from picking up conversations and ensure the Cardinals have no communication access to the outside world.
As an additional security measure to ensure the secrecy remains secret, Cardinals will be taken the 750 yards distance from Santa Marta to the Sistine Chapel by bus.
The new Papal election is set to start on Tuesday.
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