Photo gallery: Rome prepares for a papal conclave

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Hundreds of faithful visitors wait for the new Pope in St. Peter's Square on Tuesday (March 12) in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI's successor is being chosen by the College of Cardinals in the Sistine Chapel. RNS photo by Andrea Sabbadini

Hundreds of faithful visitors wait for the new Pope in St. Peter's Square on Tuesday (March 12) in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI's successor is being chosen by the College of Cardinals in the Sistine Chapel. RNS photo by Andrea Sabbadini

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The conclave to elect a new pope began on Tuesday (March 12) and Catholics gathered for Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.  Religion News Service photos by Andrea Sabbadini Click any image below to view photo slideshow.