The 2013 papal conclave frenzy shall be tweeted

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Twitter continues to transform the way we communicate -Catholics create ‘virtual conclave’ for new pope @katies

— Price Floyd (@pricefloyd) March 9, 2013

On Tuesday, 115 Catholic cardinals from around the world will isolate themselves from the world to choose the successor to Pope Benedict XVI, who made a historic decision to step down last month.

While there’s no tweeting allowed inside the papal conclave…

No hay twitter para la selección del cónclave. No engañes…

— JADIR (@JAD_KENT) March 10, 2013

The papal conclave, where ancient ritual meets high-tech security: no smartphones allowed!…

— Mario Draghi (not) (@mariodragi) March 10, 2013

…global media and onlookers on the outside are abuzz on social media. Welcome to the “virtual papal conclave:”

Preparation of Sistine Chapel underway for #conclave. This is one of the famous stoves where ballots will be burned…

— Bernhard Warner (@Bernhardwarner) March 6, 2013

Are you ready for a #conclave??? Not even sure what that is? Check out our video about how Catholics elect a #pope!

— Busted Halo (@BustedHalo) March 10, 2013

Chimney raised on Sistine Chapel as papel conclave nears


#conclave see that little chimney between the two antennas? That is “la stufa” the stove for ballot burning…

— Chris Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) March 10, 2013

Happy Birthday to #Michelangelo b1475 – his Sistine Chapel #art will once again look down on the Conclave…

— Matthew Ward (@HistoryNeedsYou) March 6, 2013

Wait, do they install a new one each time? MT @ap Firefighters install chimney at Vatican

— Sam Baker (@sam_baker) March 9, 2013

Conclave to pick Pope starts Tuesday; see where the cardinal electors come from http://…

— Pew Research Center (@pewresearch) March 9, 2013

Here’s the room where the new #Pope will spend his first night after election #Conclave…

— Michael Kelly (@MichaelKellyIC) March 10, 2013

Cardinal Ouellet celebrating mass in front of the world’s media. In his sermon he mentioned the conclave….…

— Peter Mansbridge (@petermansbridge) March 10, 2013

Got to spend a little time with Cardinal Dolan this afternoon before he disappears into the Conclave.…

— The CatholicTraveler (@CatholicTravel) March 10, 2013

On @carteblanchetv meet our cardinal at the conclave. @cardinalnapier loves google and twittet!Tweet him after intv!…

— Derek Watts (@DerekWatts) March 10, 2013

French cardinal arrived today for pre-conclave meeting on his bike……

— Catholic News Svc (@CatholicNewsSvc) March 8, 2013

#conclave this is St. Peter’s Basilica and square. Inside is sistene chapel. That’s where the voting happens.…

— Chris Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) March 10, 2013

There’s @cardinaldolan surrounded by media. Church packed. Many saying in italian “he has the face of a pope”…

— Chris Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) March 10, 2013

@rosario_tubig no limit on #conclave. After 4 days, voting stopped for day of prayer, then continue w/ top 2 vote getters until 2/3 reached

— Chris Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) March 10, 2013

After mass @cardinaldolan told @cnn he needs more socks, prefers green (St. Pat’s Day coming). Huge crowd for Dolan…

— Chris Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) March 10, 2013

Yes, there’s an app for that:

Have you downloaded your 2013 Papal Conclave Spectacular app yet?…

— Alice Workman (@workmanalice) March 10, 2013

Twitchy contributing editor Adam Brickley, a self-proclaimed Vatican junkie who wrote his thesis on papal conclave dynamics, has the lowdown on the process and the front runners:

POPE-BLOG: Defining a “Realistic” Papable: Why My Model Eliminates Known Front Runners

— Adam Brickley (@adambrickley) March 10, 2013

POPE BLOG: And now we wait… (or “What to Expect When the Church is Expecting”)

— Adam Brickley (@adambrickley) March 9, 2013

Yes, observers are placing their bets:

Media keeps mentioning betting odds when reporting #PapalConclave – atmosphere becoming more like a #MelbourneCup than a #VaticanVote #Pope

— Peter Oataway (@PetefromHayNSW) March 10, 2013

What are the Vegas odds on the Papal Conclave?…

— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) March 9, 2013

If Tuesday wasn’t exciting enough already with #CheltFest, the Papal Conclave is also due to start on Tuesday!

— Paddy Power (@paddypower) March 8, 2013

Not yet acquainted with the leading contenders? Here’s @paddypower (fancy a flutter? Timothy Dolan 20-1)…

— Anshel Pfeffer (@AnshelPfeffer) March 10, 2013

Paddy power is taking Pope bets. 4-1 the conclave is 4 or more days.That seems like a value bet to me. #TakingTheOver

— Michael Dugan (@TxMichaelDugan) March 10, 2013

Twitchy will be watching for the smoke with the rest of the Twittersphere and will provide continuing coverage as deliberations continue.

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