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Ratzinger a close confidant of John Paul II

New pope oversaw church doctrine under his predecessor

Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI greets the crowd in St. Peter's Square on Tuesday evening after he was elected pope.
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Like his predecessor, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger brings a long life story to his papacy.

The new pope receives mixed reaction around the world.

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