Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018

Cardinals at papal conclave to bunk down in Santa Marta


Rome, February 21 - The Vatican is working at top
speed to arrange accommodation fit for a cardinal - or, to be
specific, 117 cardinals who are descending on Rome next month to
choose a new pope.
From comfortable bedrooms to solid tables for voting in the
Sistine Chapel, Vatican staff are striving to accommodate
everyone without the appearance of favouring anyone.
The cardinals, coming from all over the world to vote after
Pope Benedict XVI retires on February 28, will rest in
well-equipped rooms at the Vatican's Santa Marta residence.
The five-story building was constructed in the 1990s and
used just once before, for cardinals in the conclave that
selected Benedict in April 2005.
It is considered to be much more comfortable than the
dormitories used for previous papal elections.
Their rooms are equipped with good Internet connections,
air conditioning, telephones, televisions and private bathrooms.
More than 100 of the rooms boast queen-sized beds, although
some cardinals will have to bunk down in slightly smaller
A draw will be held for room allocations.
The high-tech conveniences will not last through the
cardinals' entire stay as once the voting begins, all
connections with the outside world will be cut off.
Cardinals will also be shuttled the 700 meters from the
residence to the Sistine Chapel by bus.

(photo: archive picture of Santa Marta interior with Pope John
Paul II)

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