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Theologians expect Vatican insider to be chosen as next pope

Specialists on the Roman Catholic Church said they expect a Vatican insider to succeed Pope Benedict XVI, who told church leaders today he will retire at the end of the month.

Boston College theology professor Thomas Groome, author of “What Makes Us Catholic,” said in an interview this morning that the resignation of Benedict XVI will be a major aspect of his legacy for the church.

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