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In perhaps what’s the most awaited election result of 2013, white smoke from the Sistine Chapel indicates the 115 cardinals gathered to choose a successor to Pope Benedict XVI have done so — and on the fourth ballot (the same number it took for them to choose German cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.

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In other news, right now would be a very good time for the White House to dump a lot of news that it wants buried on page A23.

Benedict XVI is the first pope in centuries to resign the papacy.

More thoughts when we find out who the 266th pope — and head of state of the Vatican City — will be.  Self-determinist that I am, here’s hoping they have chosen a native Vaticanese.
Photo credit to La Repubblica.

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