Vatican mulling changes to election of new pope

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Pope Benedict XVI greets a roaring crowd upon his introduction as the Roman Catholic Church's new pontiff on April 19, 2005. RNS file photo by Grzegorz Galazka.

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican confirmed that Pope Benedict XVI is considering changing church law regulating the election of a new pope, but stopped short of saying whether he would authorize an earlier start to the conclave.