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Cardinals Prepare for Conclave to Elect Next Pope

The next pope will be elected at a conclave of 115 Roman Catholic cardinals scheduled to begin Monday. Piety and politics mark the days leading to the conclave, as cardinals consider who among them is a plausible candidate to follow John Paul II.

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Sylvia Poggioli is senior European correspondent for NPR's International Desk covering political, economic, and cultural news in Italy, the Vatican, Western Europe, and the Balkans. Poggioli's on-air reporting and analysis have encompassed the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, the turbulent civil war in the former Yugoslavia, and how immigration has transformed European societies.