High-Tech Efforts Keep Conclave Secure And Free Of Bugs

By John McDevitt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Cardinals begin the selection of a new pope inside the Sistine Chapel on Tuesday and great measures have been taken to ensure the privacy of the voting process.

“The Cardinals will not be tweeting from the conclave.”

Bishop Daniel Thomas is an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdioceses of Philadelphia. He worked in the congregation of bishops at the Holy See – the governing body of the Catholic church from 1990-2005.

He says a security sweep of the conclave as well as the sleeping quarters of the cardinals will be done to make sure that no one from the outside world is eavesdropping.

“With the understanding that it will swept for any kind of bugging or any kind of efforts from the outside to try and tap into whatever the deliberations are.”

He says after each cardinal casts his ballot and the vote is counted; the traditional way of letting the world know about their progress is still used.

Black smoke when two-thirds of the vote has not been achieved and “Fumo Bianco” or white smoke when they have a pope.

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