News of the Consistory, Amid the Darkness

VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 28, 2003 ( John Paul II announced 31 new cardinals and the forthcoming consistory at the height of a blackout.

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Vatican City was plunged in darkness early today by an hours-long blackout that struck throughout Italy.

The papal apartments and essential services of Vatican City were supplied electricity by emergency generators.

The Vatican press office, crowded with journalists, was in darkness while the Pope read the list of future cardinals.

The Vatican Web page was not online for hours, and Vatican Radio transmissions suffered setbacks.

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