Final Press Briefing: Cardinals hold last General Congregation

March 11th, 2013

2013-03-11 Vatican Radio
Cardinals, who will help during the first days of the Conclave: Cardinal Antonios Naguib for the Cardinal-Bishops, Cardinal Marc Ouellet for the Cardinal-Priests, and Cardinal Francesco Monterisi for the Cardinal-Deacons.The press officer said, judging by previous conclaves, if a ballot is held on Tuesday, the first smoke would probably not be seen until around 8pm.
Reporters were also reminded of a small change after a Pope is elected: Before appearing on the Central Loggia, he will pray, by himself, in the Pauline Chapel.It was confirmed that Archbishop Georg Gänswein, the personal secretary of Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI, will proceed with the Cardinals before the Conclave, in his role as Prefect of the Pontifical Household.
It was also clarified that the Mass of the Inauguration of the Pope does not have to take place on a Sunday, but will take place at least a few days after the election, so everything can be organized.Also, on Monday afternoon, the approximately 90 non-Cardinals who play a role in the Conclave – such as liturgists, housekeepers, drivers, technicians – were scheduled to be sworn to secrecy about events surrounding Conclave in a special ceremony in the Pauline Chapel of the Apostolic Palace.
There will be no press briefing on Tuesday.