Remembering election night

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March 14, 2015

by Paul Haring

Pope Francis talks with Msgr. Marini during election night appearance on central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at Vatican

CNS photo/Paul Haring

VATICAN CITY — The election night introduction of Pope Francis to the world on March 13, 2013, took only 12 minutes. These minutes were some of the most important of my photographic career. For months I had obsessed about every detail of covering the election of the new pope.

Beginning in October of 2012 I began having a strong feeling that something big was going to happen to Pope Benedict XVI, although I never imagined he would resign. Throughout the fall and into early 2013 I began planning for what Vatican journalists politely call the “papal transition.”

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