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Pope Benedict XVI Meets the Press

Recognizing the global impact of the media, Pope Benedict XVI becomes the first pontiff to hold a news conference. In a 15-minute gathering, he thanked the press for coverage of Pope John Paul II's death and the conclave which elected Benedict as John Paul's successor.

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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.

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