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Poll Vault: What changes would you like the next pope to make?

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  • Pope Benedict XVI leaves after celebrating his final general audience in St. Peter's Square Wednesday at the Vatican. Cardinals will begin meeting Monday to set the date for the conclave to elect the next pope.

      Pope Benedict XVI leaves after celebrating his final general audience in St. Peter's Square Wednesday at the Vatican. Cardinals will begin meeting Monday to set the date for the conclave to elect the next pope.
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When Benedict XVI was elected eight years ago, he was viewed by many as a "transitional" pope, one who wouldn't implement sweeping changes like some of his predecessors.

Benedict's retirement Thursday sets the stage for a new pontiff who could dramatically alter the face of Catholicism. Or not.

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What are your hopes for the next pope? Would you prefer someone younger or perhaps someone from a non-European country?

Do you wish for a huge shift like allowing priests to marry or permitting women to join the clergy?

Or do you want to see a return to traditional practices, such as celebrating Mass in Latin.

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