Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018

Rome preparing 'command center' to brace for papal election


Rome, February 13 - The mayor of Rome said
Wednesday that the city is preparing a 'command center' to
ensure that all offices, departments and infrastructure run
smoothly from the time the pope steps down at the end of the
month to when his successor is elected.
The command center, according to Mayor Gianni Alemanno,
"will guarantee the proper reception and security of the
faithful who come to Rome from around the world to witness the
events culminating in the election of a new pontiff".
Alemanno said special attention will be paid to traffic and
transportation, especially around the Vatican.
An estimated 150,000 faithful flocked to St Peter's in 2005
within minutes of the announcement of a new pope - Benedict XVI,
who succeeded John Paul II.
In a historic move, 85-year-old Benedict announced Monday
he will step down on February 28 citing declining health.
A conclave of cardinals to elect the next pope is expected
to take place March 15.

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