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CLEMENTINE HALL

Thursday - 2/28/2013, 7:30am  ET

The Associated Press

The Clementine Hall where the pope greeted cardinals for the last time, pledging "unconditional reverence and obedience" to his successor, is a grand 16th century room built by Pope Clement VIII in honor of Pope Clement I -- the fourth pope. Covered in ornate marble tiles and Renaissance frescoes, it's basically the pope's reception room -- the place where he receives VIPs from around the world. It's also the place where the body of the pope lies in state for private respects by Vatican officials.

-- Joji Sakurai -- Twitter http://twitter.com/jojisakurai

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