Popes and conclaves: everything you need to know

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Pope Urban VII holds the record for the shortest papacy, at just 12 days. RNS photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain (http://bit.ly/Vv863x).

Pope Urban VII holds the record for the shortest papacy, at just 12 days. RNS photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain (http://bit.ly/Vv863x).

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(RNS) What are the firsts and lasts, quirks and facts of papal history that you should know about? There are plenty, and Religion News Service has compiled a handy guide.