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 Pope Benedict XVI will have withdrawn into his cloistered life of prayer and the Universal Church will, in effect, be without a leader for at least two weeks.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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