Saturday, March 9, 2013

Vatican Preps Sistine Chapel With Jamming Device, Stove for White Smoke

ABC News

By DAVID WRIGHT (@abcdavid)

VATICAN CITY March 6, 2013

The Vatican prepared the Sistine Chapel today for the election of a new pope by installing electronic jamming devices, floorboards to protect the historic chapel's marble floors and the stove that will eventually send up white smoke signals announcing the new pope's election.

Workers have started installing floorboards to protect the chapel's marble floors as well as the stove to burn the ballots and communicate the election results. The Vatican spokesman noted that jamming devices are now being installed in the chapel, but not under the floorboards as previously reported. "They won't work if you put them there," Rosica said. He described the jamming device "more like a shield on an airplane" installed high up on the walls.

The Vatican Museum director said climate control sensors in the room will be removed lest anyone mistake them for listening devices or hidden cameras. "The Vatican's internal police wanted to avoid any hint of Big Brother," Antonio Paolucci told Italy's Il Messagero newspaper.

The cardinals will be giving no more interviews or press conferences from now on. According to the Vatican press office, they have collectively decided that it is in the best interests of the process to adhere to a gag order.

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