Pope Benedict XVI resigns: Will a new pope be elected before the end of March?
Settled on 03/13/2013 19:25 Settled by kruijs
The first Latin American to be Pope, he will call himself Francis I.
Cardinal Bergoglio replaces Benedict XVI, who resigned last month saying he was not strong enough to lead the Church.
The 115 cardinals have been in isolation since Tuesday afternoon, and held four inconclusive votes.
Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign Feb. 28 â€” the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March.
The move sets the stage for the Vatican to hold a conclave to elect a new pope by mid-March, since the traditional mourning time that would follow the death of a pope doesn't have to be observed.
There are several papal contenders in the wings, but no obvious front-runner â€” the same situation when Benedict was elected pontiff in 2005 after the death of Pope John Paul II.
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