Cardinals 'Forbidden Access' to Twitter Accounts During Conclave
9:13 AM, Feb 17, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Cardinals will not allowed to access their Twitter accounts during conclave, according to Catholic News Service. This restriction is applicable to the 9 cardinals who have Twitter accounts. In all, there are "117 red-vested princes of the church who are eligible to vote for a new pope."
"[T]he College of Cardinals does include at least nine active tweeters," reports the Catholic News Service. "From the moment they enter the Sistine Chapel to cast their ballots, they will be forbidden access to their accounts along with all other forms of communication with the outside world."
The pope himself recently joined Twitter last year, and now has over 1.5 million followers.
Many of the cardinals who use Twitter have taken to the social media tool to mention the pope's resignation, which was announced last week.
The news service reports: