In this photo released by the Vatican paper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI, center, poses for a family picture with Bishops and Cardinals of the Italian Lombardy region during a private audience at the Vatican, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. The Vatican is raising the possibility that the conclave to elect the next pope might start earlier than March 15, the earliest date possible under current rules that require a 15-20 day waiting period after the papacy becomes vacant. (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano, ho)

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In this photo released by the Vatican paper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI, center, poses for a family picture with Bishops and Cardinals of the Italian Lombardy region during a private audience at the Vatican, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. The Vatican is raising the possibility that the conclave to elect the next pope might start earlier than March 15, the earliest date possible under current rules that require a 15-20 day waiting period after the papacy becomes vacant. (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano, ho)
In this photo released by the Vatican paper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI, center, poses for a family picture with Bishops and Cardinals of the Italian Lombardy region during a private audience at the Vatican, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. The Vatican is raising the possibility that the conclave to elect the next pope might start earlier than March 15, the earliest date possible under current rules that require a 15-20 day waiting period after the papacy becomes vacant. (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano, ho)
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