Are they really only limited to Cardinals? I am hoping an Eastern Catholic bishop gets elected.
Some Eastern Catholic bishops are also cardinals, aren't they?
Since they would be required to wear the red at this conclave, they would be indistinguishable from their Latin counterparts.
How many Eastern Catholic cardinals are attending this conclave?
Idk how many EC Cardinals are at the Conclave, I think only three or four (two Coptic, the sitting one and the retired one, the Syro-Malabar Patriarch and the Melkite Patriarch)
But, while they wear red, they maintain a mostly traditional style to their particular churches, and thereby are distinguishable from the Latin cardinals:
New Cardinal Bechara Rai, Lebanon's Maronite Patriarch, center, talks with new U.S. Cardinal James M. Harvey, former prefect of the papal household, before Pope Benedict XVI's audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican 26 Nov. Also pictured at left is new Syro-Malankara Cardinal Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal of Trivandrum, India. The pope created six new cardinals from four different continents at a 24 Nov. consistory. (Photo: CNS/Paul Haring)
The news media pictures of the cardinals filing into the Sistine Chapel showed strict conformity in dress. Nothing strange stood out.
I watched the same procession (as they sung the Litany of Saints) into the Sistine Chapel on EWTN. I promise that there were Eastern Catholic cardinals in such attire as the above photo. There aren't many, so it may be hard to pick out someone dressed in a slightly different red garment that is the same color as all the other red garments! 3 or 4 out of 115, I imagine, is a pretty hard spot.
Did secular news cover the individual oath-taking of each cardinal in the Sistine Chapel? EWTN showed coverage continually from the end of the Mass all the way until the sealing of the doors at the Sistine Chapel, and so you got to see each cardinal come up and lay their hands upon the Gospel in the center of the chapel. Several Eastern Catholic Patriarch-Cardinals came up, dressed as above.
EWTN probably has the footage on the website, if you want to comb through it. If I have some time later tonight, I may hunt it down for you.