Papal resignation: Insiders point to two candidates

The parting words of Pope Benedict XVI may give the greatest clue to who his successor might be, writes Emer McCarthy.

17th February, 2013
After Pope Benedict retires on February 28, white smoke will rise from the Sistine Chapel to herald the arrival of his successor. Photo: Getty

VIEW FROM ROME

When the clock strikes 8pm on February 28 and the lights go out in the papal apartments, the Vatican will enter a period of silence. Pope Benedict XVI will have withdrawn into his cloistered life of prayer and the Universal Church will, in effect, be without a leader for at least two weeks.

The Holy See enters the so-called *sede vacante* or vacant see period. But global media will be just warming up...

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