White smoke or black smoke? Maybe a text message is better
VATICAN CITY -- White smoke or black smoke? Maybe it's easier just to wait for a text message that a new pope has been elected.
A Catholic organization has set up a website, www.popealarm.com, that lets people register to receive a text or email notification when a pope has been selected.
While the process of selecting a new pope is as old as the ages, there are enough changes to the media to make the last papal conclave -- in 2005 -- seem like ancient history.
The text service was set up by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, or FOCUS, and had proven so popular with more than 40,000 respondents that the popealarm website said Monday it was accepting no new registrants. The site hopes to increase its capacity before the cardinals begin voting, said Jeremy Rivera, spokesman for the Christian campus ministry.
"When the smoke goes up, you'll know what's going down" is the website's motto.
Take ABC13 with you!
Download our free apps for iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry devices
papal conclave, pope, pope benedict XVI, national/world
- Driver fleeing police kills 2 at SXSW festival 49 min ago
- HCSO: Man shoots teen inside daughter's bedroom 6 min ago
- Vigil held for women slain in Galveston County 4 min ago
- Reliant Stadium may be changing names
- Death toll rises to 7 in New York City blast
- Groups protest chemicals used in Apple's iPhone 33 min ago
- Pap smears could be thing of the past
- Malaysia: No debris at spot shown on China images 24 min ago
- Designer Western wear on a budget
- Target apologizes for girl's bathing suit Photoshop fail
- Utah trucker accused of keeping sex slaves
- Pharmacists prescribe 'Monster Spray' for kids
- GM excluded crash deaths from ignition inquiry
- Police: Red light runner caused wreck in downtown Houston 59 min ago