Procedure in place to choose successor

Top Vatican officials have been gathered around the Pope in recent days.

2nd April, 2005

Top Vatican officials have been gathered around the Pope in recent days. John Paul reportedly met Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano; Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; Cardinal Camillo Ruini, vicar-general of the Rome diocese; and Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, the deputy Secretary of State.

With the death of the Pope, all offices of the Roman Curia become vacant, with the exception of the camerlengo and the head...

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