Social Media Embraces Papal Conclave

March 12, 2013 Updated Mar 12, 2013 at 8:24 AM EDT

By Mitch Simon

March 12, 2013 Updated Mar 12, 2013 at 8:24 AM EDT

The role social media is taking during the Papal Conclave is very unique and entertaining, yet also informative.

People have the ability to get involved and have fun while learning about the candidates and keep up-to-date with the activity at the Vatican.

The first way you can keep in touch during the Conclave is with Pope Alarm. This is a new website launched before the start of the Conclave that promises "when the smoke goes up, you'll know what's going to down." with Pope Alarm, all you need to do is sign up with your e-mail or mobile number to be notified as soon as the white smoke rises from the Sistine Chapel. This tool is particularly helpful because Rome is five hours ahead of Western New York.

The next resource is Fantasy Conclave. Here, you can choose who you think will be elected pope. You can actually learn about the candidates and win money along the way. Fantasy Conclave is free to play but you must be 18 years or older to play.

The last resource is Adopt-A-Cardinal. Here, you can have a random cardinal assigned to you, who you'll have the opportunity to support through prayer during the election. Over 450,000 people have adopted cardinals and interesting enough, cardinals know about this site...and seem to approve.

Until a new pontiff is elected, these resources will let you have some fun and learn more about the potential new pope.