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Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican Secretary of State, at center left with red skull cap, officially takes over the vacant see as camerlengo, chamberlain, before sealing Pope Benedict XVI’s apartment, after Benedict left the Vatican, Thursday, Feb. 28.

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Vatican takes first steps running pope-less church

The Vatican took the first steps of governing a Catholic Church without a pope on Friday, making some ceremonial and practical moves to formalize the end of one pontificate and prepare for the conclave to start the next.

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