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Pope Benedict resignation: Who could be next?

The Vatican is reflecting on the shock resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, who is standing down at end of the month due to old age.

He will become the first Pope to stand down in 600 years.

The decision is provoking intense speculation about who will become the next leader of the Catholic Church.

The Vatican says a successor will be in place before Easter.

Matthew Price reports.

  • 12 Feb 2013
  • From the section Europe
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