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Conclave begins in Vatican City (17 images)

Updated: March 12, 2013 at 4:29 PM
Dean of the College of Cardinals Angelo Sodano leads a Mass for the election of a new pope, at the St Peter's basilica on March 12, 2013 at the Vatican. The 115 cardinal electors who pick the next leader of 1.2 billion Catholics in a conclave in the Sistine Chapel will live inside the Vatican walls completely cut off from the outside world until they have made their choice. UPI/Stefano Spaziani
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Dean of the College of Cardinals Angelo Sodano leads a Mass for the election of a new pope, at the St Peter's basilica on March 12, 2013 at the Vatican. The 115 cardinal electors who pick the next leader of 1.2 billion Catholics in a conclave in the Sistine Chapel will live inside the Vatican walls completely cut off from the outside world until they have made their choice. UPI/Stefano Spaziani
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U.S. cardinal Timothy Michael participates in a Mass for the election of a new pope, at the St Peter's basilica on March 12, 2013 at the Vatican. The 115 cardinal electors who pick the next leader of 1.2 billion Catholics in a conclave in the Sistine Chapel will live inside the Vatican walls completely cut off from the outside world until they have made their choice. UPI/Stefano Spaziani
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US Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan participates in a Mass for the election of a new pope, at the St Peter's basilica on March 12, 2013 at the Vatican. The 115 cardinal electors who pick the next leader of 1.2 billion Catholics in a conclave in the Sistine Chapel will live inside the Vatican walls completely cut off from the outside world until they have made their choice. UPI/Stefano Spaziani
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Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson participates in a Mass for the election of a new pope, at the St Peter's basilica on March 12, 2013 at the Vatican. The 115 cardinal electors who pick the next leader of 1.2 billion Catholics in a conclave in the Sistine Chapel will live inside the Vatican walls completely cut off from the outside world until they have made their choice. UPI/Stefano Spaziani
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Philippines Cardinal Luis Antonio Taggle participates in a Mass for the election of a new pope, at the St Peter's basilica on March 12, 2013 at the Vatican. The 115 cardinal electors who pick the next leader of 1.2 billion Catholics in a conclave in the Sistine Chapel will live inside the Vatican walls completely cut off from the outside world until they have made their choice. UPI/Stefano Spaziani
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Brazilian cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherrer participates in a Mass for the election of a new pope, at the St Peter's basilica on March 12, 2013 at the Vatican. The 115 cardinal electors who pick the next leader of 1.2 billion Catholics in a conclave in the Sistine Chapel will live inside the Vatican walls completely cut off from the outside world until they have made their choice. UPI/Stefano Spaziani
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