Conclave Begins Secretive Process to Elect New Pope Two weeks after the death of Pope John Paul II, the process of electing a new leader of the Roman Catholic Church formally begins. The public was invited to Monday morning's Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. But the actual conclave, meeting in the Sistine Chapel, is shrouded in secrecy.
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Conclave Begins Secretive Process to Elect New Pope

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Conclave Begins Secretive Process to Elect New Pope

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Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick of the United States, center, attends a Mass presided over by German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, April 18. Reuters hide caption

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Two weeks after the death of Pope John Paul II, the process of electing a new leader of the Roman Catholic Church formally begins. The public was invited to Monday morning's Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. But the actual conclave, meeting in the Sistine Chapel, is shrouded in secrecy.

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