VATICAN CITY (CBSNewYork) — The stage is set for the most important act in the Roman Catholic Church — the election of a pope, beginning Tuesday afternoon.
As CBS 2’s Maurice DuBois reported, the Sistine Chapel was fully prepared Friday night. Not only was it swept for bugs and listening devices, but on Monday, workers set up jamming devices to deter eavesdroppers.
There was a heavy police presence all around Vatican City on Monday, and the district was crawling with security during the overnight hours. Security for the papal conclave was clearly the number one priority.
Earlier, there were oohs and ahs as the faithful took their first look at the red drapes now framing the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, where, once he is elected, the pope will dramatically appear, CBS 2’s Tony Aiello reported.
New York’s Timothy Cardinal Dolan waved and smiled as he arrived at what turned out to be the 10th and final pre-papal conclave meeting. There is a long list of potential popes, and Cardinal Dolan is said to be on it.