News

Mar 10, 2013 8:00 PM by AP Posted by Tony Spehar

Selection of new pope is security nightmare for the Vatican and city of Rome

ROME (AP) - Catholics around the world are praying for the moment a new pope is chosen. But security chiefs in Rome and at the Vatican are also bracing for it with something approaching dread.

Imagine throwing a party for hundreds of thousands of guests -- but you don't know where they're coming from, when they'll arrive or who the guest of honor is.

Still, officials are doing their best. They're installing a tented field hospital in a square near the Vatican. And police say they'll be ready for the crowd of Romans who'll drop work and rush to St. Peters Square the moment white smoke appears above the Sistine Chapel.

But the biggest challenge may be the papal installation a few days later. That'll feature presidents, prime ministers and throngs of pilgrims. Officials say a detailed game plan includes helicopters -- and thousands of extra officers.

»Comments

More News

Colorado
Story Photo

7 minutes ago

Adams Cafe on the move

Adams Mountain Cafe makes its move this week after floods damaged the popular eatery the last two summers. But the move has...

National
Story Photo

1 hour ago

Soldier's remains return

After a decades-long mystery, the family of a World War II soldier finally has some closure. Army Sgt. William Carneal, who disappeared...

Most Popular

Top Videos

1 2 3 4