The much debated departure of  Pope Benedict has led to a discussion on a succesor to the pontif, and the wider changes now facing the catholic church.

“The first consideration to underline is that ... we still don't know if it will be a new spring or a transition period,” Domenico Dalle Foglie, expert on Vatican issues and Director of the SIR news agency (Religious Information Service) told New Europe ahead of the first conclave of Cardinals to discuss the next leade...

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