Earlier a  Reuters reporter asked the Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi “why the American cardinals are doing penance for the sins of the Italian cardinals.”

“The American cardinals did not leak anything in their briefings,” Pullella noted. “The Italian cardinals did leak and are continuing to leak things outside the General Congregations. Does this not send a message of confusion?”

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Earlier this week he was very aware of the grave duty that was at hand.

Meanwhile, German Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes, who has worked in the Vatican for years, seemed eager to get it over with.

“Hopefully it will be a short conclave and start very soon, I would compare it with a visit to the dentist – you want to get everything over with quickly.”

Meanwhile, German Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes, who has worked in the Vatican for years, seemed eager to get it over with. Hopefully it will be a short conclave and start very soon,” “I would compare it with a visit to the dentist – you want to get everything over with quickly.” Cordes told the German daily Bild.

Italian media reports Friday said that the cardinals will be subjected to unprecedented security measures to stop them from leaking information from within the Sistine Chapel. In the 2005 conclave a German cardinal reportedly texted that Joseph Ratzinger had been elected to a German television station, which announced the new pope even before the famous “Habemus Papam” proclamation from St. Peter’s. Among the new security measures: during the conclave, cardinals will be searched four times a day: when they exit the Santa Marta residence inside the Vatican in the morning and the afternoon, and before entering the Sistine Chapel for each session of voting morning and afternoon.

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Cardinals attending closed-door discussions ahead of the conclave to elect the next pope imposed a media blackout Wednesday, forcing the cancellation of the popular daily press briefings by U.S. cardinals that had provided crucial insights into the deliberations.

The official reason for the blackout was that some details of the secret discussions about the problems in the church appeared in the Italian newspaper La Stampa.

But speculation mounted that the underlying aim of the blackout was to silence the Americans, who have been vocal in their calls for disclosure about allegations of corruption and dysfunction in the Holy See’s governance before they enter the conclave to elect a successor to Benedict XVI.

As a result, the conflict appears to be a microcosm of the likely battle lines heading into the election: American and German cardinals have indicated they want a pope who will impose some order on the Vatican’s inner workings, while the Vatican-based cardinals are defending their record and seeking to end the discussion.

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