NYC's St Patrick's cathedral celebrates special mass for election of new Pope

Catholics are preparing for the start of the Conclave to elect a new Pope following Pope Benedict XVI's retirement
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Bishop Gerald Walsh (C) blesses the alter with incense during a Mass for the Election of a New Pope at Saint Patrick's Cathedral on February 28, 2013 in New York City. Catholics are preparing for the start of the Conclave to elect a new Pope following Pope Benedict XVI's retirement. (Getty Images)
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The congregation worship during a Mass for the Election of a New Pope at Saint Patrick's Cathedral on February 28, 2013 in New York City. Catholics are preparing for the start of the Conclave to elect a new Pope following Pope Benedict XVI's retirement. (Getty Images)
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Nuns worship following a Mass for the Election of a New Pope at Saint Patrick's Cathedral on February 28, 2013 in New York City. Catholics are preparing for the start of the Conclave to elect a new Pope following Pope Benedict XVI's retirement. (Getty Images)
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A woman kneels in front of a portrait of Pope Benedict XVI following a Mass for the Election of a New Pope at Saint Patrick's Cathedral on February 28, 2013 in New York City. Catholics are preparing for the start of the Conclave to elect a new Pope following Pope Benedict XVI's retirement. (Getty Images)
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Bishop Gerald Walsh speaks during a Mass for the Election of a New Pope at Saint Patrick's Cathedral on February 28, 2013 in New York City. Catholics are preparing for the start of the Conclave to elect a new Pope following Pope Benedict XVI's retirement. (Getty Images)
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Bishop Gerald Walsh sits during a Mass for the Election of a New Pope at Saint Patrick's Cathedral on February 28, 2013 in New York City. Catholics are preparing for the start of the Conclave to elect a new Pope following Pope Benedict XVI's retirement. (Getty Images)