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The Rise of the New Pope

Journalist John Allen covers the Vatican for The National Catholic Reporter. He is also the author of a book about the new pope, The Rise of Benedict XVI: The Inside Story of How the Pope Was Elected, and Where He Will Take the Catholic Church.

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