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Vatican: Cardinals Who Tweet During Conclave Could Be Excommunicated

Feb. 22, 2013

Cardinals who send tweets during the forthcoming conclave to elect a successor to Pope Benedict XVI will face sanctions and even excommunication and will not be allowed mobiles, a Vatican official said on Friday.

Mons. Juan Ignacio Arrieta, secretary to the Vatican legal body the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, said cardinals' mobiles would be confiscated before they entered the conclave and any tweets from inside the Conclave "would incur very serious sanctions."

"More immediate excommunications are foreseen under the rules that govern the election of a new pope than in the whole of canon law," he said.

The conclave to elect a new pope will take place in March, after 85-year-old Benedict abdicates on 28 February owing to old age and frailty.

The number of cardinals currently expected to take part in the conclave are 116 after the Vatican announced on Friday that Indonesia's Riyadi Darmaatmadja, the 78-year-old emeritus archbishop of Jakarta was too unwell to attend.

Source: (c)2013 Adnkronos International (Rome) Distributed by MCT Information Services

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