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Pope Francis: I Was ‘Used’ Against Ratzinger in 2005 Conclave, But He Was ‘My Candidate’

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Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter’s Basilica on May 15, 2005, one month after being elected to the papacy.

Pope Francis also revealed that while others were putting his name forward in the hopes of forcing a stalemate, he believed Cardinal Ratzinger ‘was the only one at that time [who] could be Pope.’