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  • **FILE** Pope Benedict XVI waves to the crowd at the end of a papal Mass in Regensburg, Germany, some 120 kilometers (about 75 miles) northeast of Munich, on Sept. 12, 2006. (Associated Press)

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  • Newly appointed U.S. Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, left, is congratulated by other cardinals after being elevated by Pope Benedict XVI during a consistory inside St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010. Benedict XVI formally created 24 new cardinals on Saturday amid cheers in St. Peter's Basilica, bringing a mostly Italian group into the elite club that will eventually elect his successor. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

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