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On Saturday, announced their new service to alert the faithful when the new pope is elected in Rome. The free messaging service promises to send subscribers a text message or email immediately after the cardinals in Rome select a new pope in their closed-door conclave. FOCUS, which stands for Fellowship of Catholic University Students, is sponsoring the program as a way to make sure everyone can take part in the historical moment. Also along with the papal announcement, the organization is posting live updates regarding the conclave on Twitter, via the @popealarm account.

It looks like the service may be pretty popular already, as they have posted a message today stating that due to high demand for the text messages, they cannot guarantee that service to new signups, but according to the notice, the email service is unaffected. The website is also pledging that they will not sell subscriber information to third parties.



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