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Newly elected Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, Philippines, left, is greeted by cardinals after he received the red three-cornered biretta hat by Pope Benedict XVI during a consistory in St. Peter Newly elected Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, Philippines, left, is greeted by cardinals after he received the red three-cornered biretta hat by Pope Benedict XVI during a consistory in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. Six new cardinals are joining the elite club of churchmen who will elect the next pope, bringing a more geographically diverse mix into the European-dominated College of Cardinals. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)  

How the Catholic Church will pick its new pope [VIDEO]

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Will Rahn
Senior Editor

Pope Benedict’s announcement on Monday that he will become the first Catholic pontiff to step down in nearly 600 years means that the church will soon need to elect a new leader. But how will they do it?

Helpfully, a video flagged by The Washington Post and produced by the Catholic news site Busted Halo explains the process in just four easy minutes. Enjoy.

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