February 11, 2013

What happens next at the Vatican

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An unidentified Cardinal walking toward the Domus Santa Martha, the hotel where the Cardinals live during the Conclave. Many Cardinals cruise the streets of Rome by chauffered car; but some prefer the old fashioned method of transportation.  Photo by Rene Shaw.

An unidentified Cardinal walking toward the Domus Santa Martha, the hotel where the Cardinals live during the Conclave. Many Cardinals cruise the streets of Rome by chauffered car; but some prefer the old fashioned method of transportation. Photo by Rene Shaw.

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