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Vatican says new pope to be elected before Easter

Published on Feb 11, 2013 8:07 PM
Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi speaks during a press conference after the announce of the resignation of the pontif on Feb 11, 2013 at the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI announced on Monday he will resign as leader of the world's 1.1 billion Catholics on Feb 28 because his age prevented him from carrying out his duties - an unprecedented move in the modern history of the Catholic Church. -- PHOTO: AFP

VATICAN CITY (AFP) - The Vatican on Monday said it expected a new pope would be elected next month, after Pope Benedict XVI said he would resign on Feb 28.

"We should have a new pope for Easter," Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told reporters, saying a conclave could be held within 15 or 20 days of the resignation.