Benedict XVI Expected to Follow John Paul II's Lead

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates his first public Mass since his election

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates his first public Mass since his election, at the Sistine Chapel, April 20. Reuters hide caption

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Vatican watchers believe the ascension of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany to the Roman Catholic Church's highest office is a call for leadership continuity. The new Pope Benedict XVI was a close confidant of Pope John Paul II and advocates a strict interpretation of church orthodoxy.

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