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   Pope's life
From boyhood to war to seminary to the Vatican, images trace the career of Joseph Ratzinger, now the 265th pope of the Catholic Church.

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Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, waves from a balcony of St. Peter's Basilica
  Electing a pope
Roman Catholic cardinals choose a successor to Pope John Paul II
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Jon Paul II visit in Poland in1997
  A historic papacy
View a timeline of photographs spanning the life of Pope John Paul II.
Picking a pope
A look at how a new pope is elected.

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