Dear [Name of Applicant]:
We have been instructed by the Cardinals to advise all applicants of the following:
1. The Cardinals are reviewing all applications individually and are also conducting their own independent search. They may make their final determination without interviewing any candidates. The fact that a particular candidate has not been contacted about an interview or asked to submit additional information does not mean that the candidate is being ignored.
2. Since the conclave started, certain packages have been slipped under the door of the Sistine Chapel. The Cardinals manning the door have been instructed to remove and destroy any information identifying the sender without reading it. Accordingly, the Cardinals participating in the conclave do not know who is sending these packages.
3. While thoughtful gifts of biscotti, cannoli, cioccolattini, etc. are appreciated, each Cardinal has taken a vow of poverty and accordingly cannot accept the bundles of euro notes that have been slipped under the door. Such bundles are being given to charity.
4. We have received inquiries regarding the compensation package. As stated in the job announcement, compensation is negotiable. We do provide room and board. The housing consists of a large flat in the Cortile di Sisto V and a palace with ample grounds in Castel Gandolfo, approximately 27 kilometers from the Vatican. The flat has a roof garden and a prime view of the Piazza di S. Pietro. Recent Popes have used the Pontifical Palace primarily as their summer residence, but commuting and even limited telecommuting from Castel Gandolfo would be possible. We do provide domestic staff, including a butler, valet, and chauffeur.