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Conclave to choose Benedict XVI's successor begins

Vatican City, Mar 12 (EFE).- The 115 cardinal electors who will choose Benedict XVI's successor locked themselves in the Sistine Chapel on Tuesday and began the process of picking the next pontiff from their own ranks. The Master of the Papal Liturgical Celebrations spoke the phrase "Extra Omnes" (outside, all of you), officially starting the conclave. The Sistine Chapel's doors were closed at 5:35 p.m. (1635 GMT) once all of the cardinals had taken their oaths of secrecy as established in the Universi Dominici Gregis Apostolic Constitution for the election of the pope.
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