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Conclave Melds Tradition, High-Tech

The 115 members of the College of Cardinals -- from six continents -- are sequestering themselves in the Sistine Chapel and begin voting Monday to elect a new pope. The process will mix medieval pageantry with ultramodern technology.

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Sylvia Poggioli is senior European correspondent for NPR's International Desk covering political, economic, and cultural news in Italy, the Vatican, Western Europe, and the Balkans. Poggioli's on-air reporting and analysis have encompassed the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, the turbulent civil war in the former Yugoslavia, and how immigration has transformed European societies.