Cracking the Vatican Code

As the world waits for a new Pope to emerge later this week, a cryptic spy-vs-spy game is brewing behind the scenes. And the business world has a lot to learn from the experience of the Holy See. Amid all the speculation, the 115 cardinals converging at Vatican City took just 30 minutes last Friday to choose 12 March as the date to start the medieval process, rich in tradition and freighted with solemnity, of electing the next pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.

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