February 11, 2013

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conclave hotel

(RNS6-APRIL13) To ensure electors in the papal conclave are sequestered from any outside influence, all voting cardinals will be housed in the Domus Sancta Martha (St. Martha's House), a plain but capable $20 million hotel built just for this purpose by Pope John Paul II in 1996. The conclave's task is to choose a successor to John Paul II. See RNS-CONCLAVE-HOTEL, transmitted April 13, 2005. Photo by Rene Shaw.