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The election of Benedict XVI as Pope came as a surprise to many people. Less than twenty-four hours before he was elected, The New York Times reported that Cardinal Ratzinger had the "largest voting bloc." But they described his "opponents" possibly voting for Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini as a show of force that might, in later rounds, be shifted to a more "viable" candidate. Later we learned that Cardinal Martini declined to be a candidate for Pope.


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