We now have telephones, internet and televisions. However, a 1,000 years ago, the general public was not so blessed. When a new Holy Father was chosen in Rome, the word was spread strictly through word of mouth. Vatican historian Ambrogio Piazzoni explains it this way: ?? [the Vatican] would just tell the town criers who would run through the city spreading the news that there was a new pope. The people would then rush to St. Peter?s and wait for the pope to come out onto the balcony for his first address? (Reuters, 4/19/05).