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Benedict XVI He emerged at the window overlooking St. Peter's Square and was greeted with applause and chants of his name. Assuming the title Benedict XVI, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany was chosen as the 265th bishop of Rome. He assumes the role of the pope, successor to the late Pope John Paul II. Pope Benedict XVI was chosen during a conclave--a secret meeting of cardinals from around the world whose purpose is to elect a new pope. During a conclave, cardinals sequester themselves in the Sistine Chapel and cast ballots for a new pope. A two-thirds majority is necessary to elect the new pope; however, if it takes more than 30 rounds of balloting the cardinals can choose the p...

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