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In this photo provided Friday, March 1, 2013 by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican Secretary of State, at center 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. Benedict XVI became the first pope in 600 years to resign Thursday, ending an eight-year pontificate. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)

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.

By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press

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