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Published March 13, 2013, 06:15 PM

Word of the new pope spread faster than ever thanks to technology

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- When the conclave elected that new pope today, word spread to the rest of the world in a manner and speed, never seen before.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- When the conclave elected that new pope today, word spread to the rest of the world in a manner and speed, never seen before.

With social media, phone apps and more, those who wanted to know right away, found out the "new fashioned way"...and in seconds.

Shanley's Father LaCroix, like his students here, knew the announcement would come soon, and so the signs went up. There are apps for that. Pope Alarm.com.

Fr. Charles LaCroix: "They can get an app on their phone to know when the smoke appears and a new pope is elected, so why not take advantage of all the technology we have."

And so Father LaCroix and others waited patiently as they waited for word this morning. The phone will buzz them and they will get an email or text or both.

Father Luke Meyer of the Fargo Diocese had his Ipad and Iphone connected to the conclave proceedings in Rome.

Fr. Luke Meyer/Fargo Diocese Chancellor: "We can watch a live video feed on our pda of the chimney of the Sistine chapel."

Father Meyer used his technology to even monitor the chimney live...at the Vatican.

They and the rest of the world did not have to wait much longer. Get a buzz on my phone. White smoke, see who it is.

When Pope Francis was named, twitter, Facebook, texts and emails fired off the news. The celebration started.

"Here at the diocese we have Facebook and Twitter account and we will pass on the happy news of the smoke when it comes."

Years ago, it took hours, sometimes days for some faithful to hear the news of a new pope. Today, the world heard it together. Like Pope Benedict, Pope Francis is expected to start his own Twitter account for his faithful followers. .

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