4 March 2013, 17:52

As the 86-year-old pontiff Benedict XVI has stepped down as the 265th Catholic Pope, the Vatican has entered the so-called “sede vacante” period. Now, any single man can become his successor, although a “Vicar of Peter” is traditionally picked from among the cardinals. Here is the cardinal pool that will give the Catholic world its new spiritual leader.

As the 86-year-old pontiff Benedict XVI has stepped down as the 265th Catholic Pope, the Vatican has entered the so-called “sede vacante” period. Now, any single man can become his successor, although a “Vicar of Peter” is traditionally picked from among the cardinals. Here is the cardinal pool that will give the Catholic world its new spiritual leader.

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