Papal conclave begins in Rome

Papal conclave begins in Rome

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VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MARCH 12: A woman wearing a waterproof poncho reads as she waits in St. Peter's Square on March 12, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI's successor is being chosen by the College of Cardinals in Conclave in the Sistine Chapel. The 115 cardinal-electors, meeting in strict secrecy, will need to reach a two-thirds-plus-one vote majority to elect the 266th Pontiff. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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by The Associated Pressand Getty Images

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Posted on March 12, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 5:54 PM

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The heavy wooden door to the Sistine Chapel has been closed and locked, signaling the start of the conclave to elect a new pope to succeed Benedict XVI following his stunning resignation.

 

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