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The Next Pope
Language may be key for next pope
Pope John Paul II was able to communicate in several languages. And if he didn't know one before traveling to a foreign country, a coach prepared him for remarks in such languages as Japanese, Swahili, even Papua New Guinea's native tongue, Melanesian Pidgin. (Boston Globe, 4/15/05)
Stakes high for conservative group
MADRID -- As cardinals prepare to elect a new pope, one Catholic community in particular has much at stake -- Opus Dei, the ultraconservative movement at the center of the furor generated by ''The Da Vinci Code." (Boston Globe, 4/14/05)
Politics, challenges to church to guide choice of successor
This morning, at 10:30 in Rome, the princes of the Catholic Church will file into Bologna Hall of the Apostolic Palace, still grieving over the death of Pope John Paul II, but looking increasingly toward the moment in two weeks when they will formally begin to choose his successor. (Boston Globe, 4/4/05)
Conclave uses media to set agenda for vote
Just as John Paul II became the first pope to skillfully use the world's media to spread his message, this conclave is the first to use it to set the agenda for election of the church's next spiritual leader. (Boston Globe, 4/10/05)
For next pontiff, daunting challenges await
Nearly 27 years ago, John Paul II assumed the papacy in an era when the church confronted the real prospect of nuclear war in a world divided between East and West. (Boston Globe, 4/3/05)

Anticipation builds

On the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica, where the next pope will be introduced to the world, a red curtain now hangs open, as if waiting for a cardinal to arrive and pronounce the news in Latin: ''Habemus Papam." (Boston Globe)