How will a new Pope impact the future of the Catholic church?

Mar 1, 2013


Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki addresses a mass service to mark the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI at the St. Hedwig’s Cathedral in Berlin on February 28, 2013. Credit: ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images

With Pope Benedict XVI now officially retired, the Catholic church is without a full-fledged world leader. How will this impact the status quo? This morning (Monday), the cardinals met to determine when they will hold the secret election known as the “conclave” to pick Benedict’s successor. When and how will the next Pope be selected? And who is most likely to be chosen to take on the prominent position?

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