They've installed a chimney in the Sistine Chapel. So even if they don't elect a pope soon, the Cardinals will get their Christmas presents.
I hear we'll know there's a new #Pope when superstitious medieval bullsh_t comes rolling out of the chimney.
Tweeps laugh at archaic papal 'smoke signal' routine3/10/2013
The Vatican appears to be working hard to overcome its rep as an archaic religious institution — by doing stuff like setting off ritualistic smoke signals, for instance. As firefighters worked to fit the Sistine Chapel with a temporary smokestack ("next, call in the buckle maker and foundryman!"), commenters playfully jabbed today at the old-school tradition, which announces the dawn of a new pope via shades of smoke from the conclave room. White smoke means new pope; black smoke means still deciding. Pope Benedict XVI is still alive, so we're guessing no one has knocked three times on his forehead with a hammer, but still, doesn't this medieval ritual kind of undermine the whole Twitter thing? [Source]
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