TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Scrambler Will Prevent Cell Phone Leakage from Vatican

Scrambler Will Prevent Cell Phone Leakage from Vatican

Lisa Minter (
02 May 2005 14:50:13 -0700

[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: Our apologies that a couple of the
newswire items Lisa does are just a _wee_bit stale dated today. You
may have seen this item elsewhere. Recall that two weeks ago, this
_massive_ flood of spam hit us one day and caused many legit items
to disappear. A few of those items have been found where they were
hiding, and are dealt with in this issue. Of course, we have already
had the new Pope for a few days now. Again, sorry about it. PAT]

==== originally dated April 16 ==================

A system has been set up to scramble any cellphone communications
between the Sistine Chapel and the outside world during the secret
conclave that will elect the next pope, the Vatican announced today.

The step is an extra precaution, since cardinals as well as Vatican
personnel from medical staff to elevator operators have been sworn to
secrecy ahead of the conclave, which is to begin Monday.

Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls told a news conference that
journalists would be able to verify for themselves, during a press
visit later Saturday to the Sistine Chapel, that their cellphones will
not work.

The late Pope John Paul II's 1996 apostolic constitution calls on
authorities to "be especially vigilant in ensuring that there is
absoultely no violation of secrecy with regard to the events occurring
in the Sistine Chapel, where the voting takes place, and in the
adjacent areas before, as well as during and after the voting."

It refers specifically to "audiovisual equipment for recording or

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