Pope Benedict XVI Meets with the Media

Buttons in Pope Benedict XVI's hometown celebrate his rise to the papacy.

hide captionButtons in the German hometown of Pope Benedict XVI celebrate his inauguration Sunday.


The ceremonies surrounding the death of Pope John Paul II, his funeral and the election of his successor Benedict XVI have played out according to a script written centuries ago. But the new pontiff strayed from the script Saturday, speaking to reporters before his inaugural mass tomorrow.



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