Locals Arrive In Rome As Conclave Begins

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People from the north country arrived in Rome Tuesday, just in time for the conclave at the Vatican.

Cardinals are locked in the Sistine Chapel to elect the next pope.

St Anthony's Roman Catholic Church in Watertown started planning its trip to Italy for its 100th anniversary about a year ago.

No one could have foreseen that the church would choose such a historic time to travel to Rome, but that's exactly what happened.

There are 44 people traveling with the church group.

They arrived in Rome Tuesday to attend an evening mass.

We spoke by phone with one of the travelers, Father Don Robinson, pastor of St. Anthony's Church.

"Right now, we're having a severe lightning and thunder storm in the area, so it's really raining very hard. So, people are saying that this is a sign that we need to get the pope elected," he said.

The travelers say it would be exciting to see white smoke come from the chimney at the Sistine Chapel, the sign the next pope has been selected.

Saturday, August 2, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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