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People huddle under umbrellas as they keep watch on the smoke stack (Photo: PA)

In St Peter’s Square, pilgrims are hopeful, excited, and a little anxious

All eyes are focussed on the chimney  (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

The Church needs more than an ‘obvious’ candidate – we need an exceptional one

Cardinals attend Mass for election of pope in St. Peter's Basilica yesterday (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

It is called the ‘room of tears’ for a reason

Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer of Sao Paulo (Photo: CNS)

Journalists are floundering because they cannot see beyond the dichotomy of ‘conservative’ and ‘progressive’

A screen shot of the Mass in St Peter's Basilica (from footage broadcast by Salt and Light TV)

Fr John Zuhlsdorf offers a guide to this morning’s Mass

Workers fit a curtain on the balcony where the next pope will first appear in public

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The Sistine Chapel (CNS)

Then we can all get back to the business of completing the work of the pontificate so unexpectedly ended

I'll be praying for Cardinal Dolan Andrew Medichini/AP/Press Association Images

… whatever my personal criticisms

Cardinal Scola preaches in Santi Apostoli, Rome, yesterday (AP)

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Vicky Pryce leaves court yesterday
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Chris Huhne felt she had to have an abortion