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The conclave of 115 cardinals from 52 countries elected Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany to succeed John Paul II. Click through the gallery for a look at several cardinals who had been considered possible candidates to become the Roman Catholic Church's 265th pope, based on the book, "Conclave: The Politics, Personalities and Process of the Next Papal Election," written by John Allen Jr., Vatican correspondent and columnist for the National Catholic Reporter. external link

Source: "Conclave: The Politics, Personalities and Process of the Next Papal Election" by John Allen Jr.