Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A number of Romans swearing

Florists, bus drivers, and technicians take oath
U.S. cardinals take a short bus ride to the synod hall at the Vatican March 11 for the cardinals' last general congregation meeting before the conclave. CNS photo / George Martell, courtesy of The Pilot Media Group.
Catholic News Agency reports that the evening of March 11, 90 people who will assist the conclave in various capacities took an oath not to divulge anything about it or the events surrounding it.

Among the people participating were "religious for the sacristy, religious for confession, nurses and doctors, waiters and food service personnel from Santa Marta, technical assistants, and people who clean Santa Marta and the Vatican," said Vatican press director Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, at a March 11 briefing.

The list also includes less obvious personnel, such as florists, minibus drivers who transport the cardinals to the Sistine Chapel, and the heads of the Swiss Guard and Vatican Police.

For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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