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FILE - This April 16, 2005 file photo shows the chimney connected to the stove used to burn ballot papers, reaching the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in preparation of the Vatican conclave to elect late Pope John Paul II's successor, Benedict XVI. Benedict XVI's resignation on Feb. 28, 2013 sets in motion a complex sequence of events to elect the next leader of the Roman Catholic Church. The laws governing the selection after a pope's resignation are the same as those in force after a papal death, aside from skipping a period of mourning. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito, pool, file)