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German Cardinal Ratzinger Named New Pope

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German Cardinal Ratzinger Named New Pope

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German Cardinal Ratzinger Named New Pope

German Cardinal Ratzinger Named New Pope

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NPR's Eric Weiner reports from Vatican City in Rome, where the cardinals have chosen Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany as successor to the late Pope John Paul II. Thousands of faithful gathered near the Sistine Chapel's chimney cheered when white smoke streamed out, indicating a new pontiff has been selected. The selection was confirmed when bells began to ring in the square, and Ratzinger later gave the customary blessing.