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Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome, Italy.

Cardinals have begun meeting to decide who should be the next pope. Preliminary talks began in Vatican City today, ahead of the conclave at which the world's top Roman Catholic officials will elect Pope Benedict XVI's successor. Read more»

The new statue of Pope John Paul II that was unveiled this week outside a train terminal in Rome.

The Vatican on Friday slammed a giant new sculpture outside Rome's main train station that portrays John Paul II but has been compared to the late Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. Read more» 1