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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Behind the scenes politics of electing a new pope

After each round of balloting, the ballots cast are burnt.
ers accustomed to finding that everything going on in our community has its 'political' angle may well wonder whether there are 'politics' to the election of a Pope, and if there are, how they unfold.

Well, now you can know. National Catholic Reporter, an award-winning monthly newspaper of Catholic news, opinion and culture reviews, gave the assignment to John L. Allen, Jr., its senior correspondent. Allen, the author of seven books, opened NCR's first office in Rome in 2000, and now covers Catholic Church news from the U.S. His name may be familiar to readers as CNN's senior Vatican analyst.

Read the very informative article, "A quick course in 'Conclave 101'" here.

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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