Before they even saw his face, Pope Francis had already won over the Roman masses.Full story
The election of a pope follows a series of choreographed rules and rituals that have been tweaked over the centuries ever since the term "conclave" or "with a key" was used in the 13th century to describe the process of locking up the cardinals until they have chosen a new pope. Full story
In April 2005, Pope John Paul II died and the conclave elected Pope Benedict XVI to succeed him.
epa03653082 Installation of the world's largest statue of Pope John Paul II in the Miniature Park in Czestochowa, Poland, 07 April 2013. The monument will be 14 meters high. The unveiling is scheduled for 13 April. EPA/Waldemar Deska POLAND OUT
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