The Vatican is still struggling to maintain secrecy in its closed door process of electing the new pope .As the Vatican faces a challenge of keeping its secrets according in the growing technology in transmitting information ,it has just called for the discipline and morality of the cardinals at Vatican.
It had been assumed that Italian cardinals were tipping off journalist friends but the Vatican spokesman said it was wrong to point the finger at national groups.
He said all “princes of the Church” should tighten the vow of secrecy they took when the pre-conclave meeting began on Monday.
“If anyone knows who is violating this, they should say so,” Rev. Federico Lombardi told journalists at his briefing. “It is up to the College of Cardinals to assume their responsibility and adapt a code of conduct.”
“We are counting on the morality and responsibility of people,” he added.
From Monday ,the cardinals have been holding preparatory meetings to ponder who among them could succeed Pope Benedict – who resigned on February 28th.
The last Cardinal-Elector, Vietnamese Cardinal Jean-Baptiste Pham Minh Man, arrived in Rome on Thursday, March 7, 2013.
He participated in the sixth General Congregation. Fr Frederico Lombardi emphasized to an eager press, groping for any news, that no date had yet been set for the official beginning of the Conclave,Catholic online reports.
Journalists watched a film which showed the extensive preparation being done on the Sistine Chapel in preparation for the conclave. It includes structural adjustments to support the chairs, podiums and tables needed for the Cardinal electors.
In addition, workmen are covering the windows to the ancient chapel and working on the chimney through which the world will learn when and if a Pope has been elected.