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Change at the Vatican

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A photograph of Pope John Paul II is part of a makeshift memorial to the pontiff in St. Peter’s Square. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
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Thousands of Catholics attend a Sunday morning Mass in memory of Pope John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
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Los Angeles Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, right, joins other cardinals in prayer during a Mass for Pope John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square Sunday morning. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
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Los Angeles Cardinal Roger M. Mahony walks through St. Peter’s Square to a press conference Sunday afternoon. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
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Thousands of Catholics paid their last respects to Pope John Paul II who lies in state in St. Peters Basilica in Vatican City. Many had to wait 8 to 10 hours in line to view the pontiff. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
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Thousands paid their last respects to Pope John Paul II in St. Peters Basilica in Vatican City. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
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A man makes a telephone call next to a screen projecting a video image of Pope John Paul II in front of the collonaid in St. Peters Square. Those who waited in line to view the pope were treated to video images of the pontiff. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
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Pilgrims take one last look at Pope John Paul II before exiting St. Peters Basilica. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
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Enrico Mistretta, of Palermo, Sicily, tries to see how much farther he has to go to get to St. Peters Basilica. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
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A woman carries a newspaper that proclaims, “The Pope of everyone,” while waiting in line to view Pope John Paul II in St. Peters Basilica. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
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A daily fixture in St. Peters Square, Martin Lombardo sings to the heavens in memory of Pope John Paul II. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
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Rustem Oztemel and his wife, Halide, came all the way from Kurdistan to attend Pope John Paul II’s funeral in Rome. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
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Thousands of Catholics wait in a long line on Via Cociliacione to pay their last respects. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
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A banner of Pope John Paul II, carried by pilgrims, seems to be another face in the crowd of people. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
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Cars are bumper to bumper due to all the activity and visitors near the Vatican. Rome is expecting 2 million visitors in the next few days leading up to Pope John Paul II’s funeral. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
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Members of the N.V.E. Protezione Civile hold the crowd back near the Vatican before letting them cross the street and join the line to enter St. Peters to view Pope John Paul II in Rome. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
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Street artist Mario Cololuca believes that all the visitors to Rome in the next few days will do little for the economy because he feels that pilgrims do not shop. Cololuca has been selling his water colors in Piazza Novona in Rome for the past 30 years. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
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A plume of black smoke eminates from the chimney atop the Sistine Chapel at St. Peter’s Square, signaling that the cardinals had not yet elected a pope. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
Crowd -- black smoke
A group of pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square watches as black smoke is released from the Sistine Chapel chimney, signaling that the cardinals had not yet elected a pope. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
Crowd -- French flag
Laurence Falconnet, 11, from France, waves the French flag while waiting with other pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square for the announcement of the new pope. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
New Pope -- U.S. flag and rosary
Luke Petersen says the rosary over an American flag with a group of students from Christendon College in Virginia who were waiting in St. Peter’s Square for the announcement of a new pope. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
Chimney white smoke
White smoke pours out of a chimney on top of the Sistine Chapel signifying that the cardinals elected a new pope. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
Bells ring
The bells ring at St. Peter’s Basilica, indicating that the cardinals had elected a new pope. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
Crowd bells
The crowd in St. Peter’s Square celebrates the sounding of the bells announcing a new pope. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
Crowd -- new pope
Father Dariusz Zagorski of Poland, second from left, celebrates with other pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square at the sounding of the bells announcing a new pope. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
New Pope -- We have a pope
Cardinal Jorge Medina Estevez announces “We have a pope” from the main balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
Crowd -- flag girl
Flags from all over the world were waving in St. Peter’s Square after the new pope, Benedict XVI, was presented to the masses. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
New Pope
The former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is presented to the masses as Pope Benedict XVI, the 265th pope of the Roman Catholic Church, from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
Crowd -- Italians celebrate
A group of Italians celebrates the announcement of a new pope in St. Peter’s Square Tuesday evening. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
New Pope -- celebrates
Pope Benedict XVI gestures to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
New Pope -- address
The former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, addresses the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica after being elected the 265th pope of the Roman Catholic Church. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
New Pope -- reads book
The former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict 16th, gives his blessing after becoming the 265th pope of the Roman Catholic Church on the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
Cardinals
Cardinals listen to Pope Benedict XVI give his blessing from a balcony at St. Peter’s Basilica. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
Cardinals wave
Cardinals on a balcony at St. Peter’s Basilica wave to the crowd in St. Peter’s Square after electing Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger the new pope, Benedict XVI. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
Cardinals converse
Cardinals converse and point to the crowd after electing Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
New Pope --rainbow umbrella
Jesus Estevez, 31, stands under a rainbow umbrella with the Vatican flag and France’s flag in the foreground after the new pope, Benedict XVI, was presented to the masses in Vatican City. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
Makeshift memorial
Jaquelin Colombia of Rome places a note next to a picture of John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
Informal tribute
Throngs of Catholic faithful, admirers of John Paul II and visitors to Rome fill St. Peter’s Square for a Mass for the repose of the pope’s soul. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
The faithful
These nuns are among the 2 million pilgrims expected to converge in Rome for the pope’s services. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
St. Peter’s Square
Worshipers at a requiem Mass heard a posthumous appeal from John Paul: “ ... The risen Lord offers as a gift his love that pardons, reconciles and reopens the soul to hope.” (Genaro Molina / LAT)
International event
A worshiper receives Communion during Mass in St. Peter’s Square. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
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