Your Guide to How the Pope Is Chosen

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Other Notable Candidates

From the U.S., Cardinals Timothy Dolan and Sean O’Malley have also been considered as strong candidates for the position. However, according to a top secret Vatican document published last year by an Italian newspaper, Benedict XVI was secretly planning his succession and had chosen Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan to replace him. (Photos from left: Darren McCollester/Getty Images, Franco Origlia/Getty Images)