Conclave's rituals, oaths and secrecy explained

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press Published: February 17, 2013
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VATICAN CITY — It's a ritual as rich in tradition and symbolism as the Catholic Church can muster: secret oaths, hypnotic Gregorian chants, scarlet-decked cardinals filing through the Sistine Chapel — all while the public outside in St. Peter's Square watches for white smoke or black to learn if it has a new pope.

Much of the ritual's...

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