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Monday, 4 March 2013

Vacuum in the Vatican

Joseph Ratingzer's reign as Catholic Pontiff Pope Benedict XV1 came to a close On Thursday evening as his resignation took effect.

The outgoing pope, speaking to cardinals who had gathered at the Vatican, told them 'among you is the future pope, to whom I promise my unconditional reverence and obedience.' A papal conclave is due to sit shortly at which a successor will be elected.

Irish Cardinal Sean Brady will form part of the papal conclave despite reservations about his integrity as leader of Ireland's Catholics.

1960 Priest Ordination, Clonliffe

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