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Bishops attend the canonisation of St John XXIII and St John Paul II in St Peter's Square (CNS)

Council of Cardinals will study the way the Church identifies and appoints bishops

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger prepares for communion at the funeral Mass for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican before the papal conclave (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite/ File)

Pope Benedict’s election caught American diplomats by surprise, Wikileaks documents from Rome have revealed