Cardinal Mortati gazed up at the lavish ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and tried to find a moment of quiet reflection.
The cardinals are convened in the Sistine Chapel.
And they are inside the Sistine Chapel.
The Apostolic Palace is a conglomeration of buildings located near the Sistine Chapel in the northeast corner of Vatican City.
If I am not mistaken, the cardinals are now safely within the Sistine Chapel, and your security concerns are at a minimum until the conclave breaks.
"Camerlegno," the caller gloated, "ask your commander if all your cardinals are present in the Sistine Chapel."
The evacuation of the College of Cardinals from the Sistine Chapel is the worst possible thing you could do right now.
Stand on the altar of the Sistine Chapel and lie to the College of Cardinals?
Mr. Langdon, I am due in the Sistine Chapel in four minutes.
Even from up here he could hear the rumble of activity in the Sistine Chapel below-the uneasy chatter of 165 cardinals.
He could see the great bronze door of the Sistine Chapel now, dutifully protected by four Swiss Guards.
Not to mention, the greatest treasures were architectural-the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, Michelangelo’s famed spiral staircase leading to the Museo Vaticano-priceless testaments to man’s creative genius.
Not only was the Sistine Chapel starting to feel like a sauna, but conclave was scheduled to begin in twenty minutes, and there was still no word on the four missing cardinals.
Langdon nodded, vaguely recalling that before conclave the cardinals spent two hours inside the Sistine Chapel in quiet reflection and visitations with their fellow cardinals from around the globe.
It was once in a lifetime, usually never, that a cardinal had the chance to be elected Supreme Pontiff, and by Vatican Law the cardinal had to be inside the Sistine Chapel when the vote took place.
Even though the camerlegno was the church’s ranking official, the camerlegno was only a priest and had little familiarity with the complex election process, so one cardinal was selected to oversee the ceremony from within the Sistine Chapel.
Despite the soft glow of candlelight in the Sistine Chapel, Cardinal Mortati was on edge.
The doors to the Sistine Chapel had been sealed, as was the custom, with two heavy chains on the outside.
Far away, in Vatican City, Cardinal Mortati carried another tray of ballots to the Sistine Chapel chimney.
Have both he and his camerawoman meet me outside the Sistine Chapel.
Inside the Sistine Chapel, Cardinal Mortati had begun praying for a miracle.
Sitting in the Sistine Chapel among his stunned colleagues, Cardinal Mortati tried to comprehend the words he was hearing.
To the utter astonishment of the cardinals, the camerlegno had entered the Sistine Chapel with two BBC reporters-a man and a woman-and announced that they would be transmitting his solemn statement, live to the world.
Inside the Vatican, Gunther Glick was walking on air as he followed the camerlegno from the Sistine Chapel.
Inside the Sistine Chapel, Cardinal Mortati was getting restless.
The cardinals were still locked in the Sistine Chapel.
Still in the Sistine Chapel!
The College of Cardinals bristled with ebullience and electricity as they streamed back into the Sistine Chapel.
We await his arrival in the Sistine Chapel.
At the back of the Sistine Chapel, Cardinal Mortati stood in a daze as he watched the pandemonium before him.
In the hallway outside the Sistine Chapel, Vittoria Vetra sat benumbed on a bench at the foot of the Royal Staircase.
Camerlegno Carlo Ventresca stood in the aisle of the Sistine Chapel.
The voice that broke the silence was the voice of the only woman in the Sistine Chapel.
His shouts echoed off the back wall of the Sistine Chapel and then a profound silence fell.
Inside the Sistine Chapel, the camerlegno stood unwavering as he spoke.
Camerlegno Ventresca’s white robe billowed as he moved down the hallway away from the Sistine Chapel.
Oh, what terror he had felt in the Sistine Chapel, wondering if God had forsaken him!
Three minutes had passed in the chaotic hallways outside the Sistine Chapel, and still nobody could locate the camerlegno.
Mortati was alone as he crossed the Borgia Courtyard toward the Sistine Chapel.
The midmorning sky still hung heavy with clouds as the Sistine Chapel’s chimney gave up its first faint puffs of white smoke.
Glick glanced over his shoulder at the roof of the Sistine Chapel behind him.
He gave the camera a solemn stare as the white smoke rose behind him from the Sistine Chapel.
And the truth shall set you free …. And so it was that Camerlegno Carlo Ventresca held his head high as he walked toward the front of the Sistine Chapel.
As the guards unbolted the door of the Sistine Chapel, Camerlegno Carlo Ventresca felt the power moving in his veins …. exactly as it had when he was a boy.
As the Swiss Guard helped him down the Royal Staircase toward the Sistine Chapel, the camerlegno heard singing in St. Peter’s Square and he knew that mountains had been moved.
"In addition," Olivetti said, "the Sistine Chapel is a fortress.
"Signore," Olivetti whispered in the camerlegno’s ear, "it is true that four of our cardinals have not yet reported to the Sistine Chapel, but there is no need for alarm.
Any word from Olivetti?" the camerlegno asked, looking drained as Rocher escorted him back from the Sistine Chapel to the Pope’s office.
It is God’s will!" someone was yelling, his voice echoing in the Sistine Chapel.
There are no more uses of "Sistine Chapel" in the book.
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