ROME — The cardinal electors who voted in the conclave were cut off from all forms of external communication for the duration of the two-day voting period. But once the conclave was over, they did not immediately fill up their Twitter account with reflections on their experiences or their wishes for the new pope.
Most likely the cardinals didn’t have too much time for that. Immediately after the Pope Francis was announced to the world in St. Peter’s Square, the cardinals joined one another for dinner, then many of them gave interviews or were part of press briefings.
Since then, they had Mass with the new pope and a meeting with him, so they have not had a lot of free time on their hands.
But some have found the chance to send a few messages to their Twitter followers after the few days of imposed silence.
South African Cardinal Wilfrid Napier sent several tweets after the election of Pope Francis beginning with the March 14 message about the pope’s choice of name, quoting him: “I shall be called Francis, in memory of St Francis of Assisi!”
The cardinal described the pope’s name choice as “words that made a grown man cry with joy and wonder! More was to follow.”
He also sent the following tweets:
New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan resumed tweeting March 13, saying;
His other tweets the next day were short and sweet :
Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, retired archbishop of Los Angeles, also resumed tweeting March 13 with this message:
His subsequent tweets revealed even more joy in the moment: