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Temporary flooring, electronic jammers installed in Sistine Chapel for conclave

March 08, 2013

Vatican workers are preparing the Sistine Chapel for the papal conclave that will begin March 11 by installing electronic jamming devices and a temporary wooden floor.

Determined to prevent leaks from the conclave, the Vatican is installing devices that will block electronic transmissions from the Sistine Chapel and from the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where the cardinal-electors will be lodged during the conclave.

The wooden flooring will protect the marble floors of the Sistine Chapel, and also safeguard the prelates against tripping on the unevenly worn marble. Tables and chairs will be set up to accommodate the 115 cardinals participating in the conclave.

Spokesmen for the Vatican Museums disclosed that they would temporarily remove climate-control sensors from the Sistine Chapel, since the devices might be mistaken for electronic bugs.


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