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Scope: On April 2, 2005, Pope John Paul II died at the age of 84; seventeen days later, on April 19, 2005, Pope Benedict XVI was elected the 265th pope of the Roman Catholic Church. The death of a presiding pope of the Catholic Church is an event that affects more than one billion Catholics worldwide and also marks the departure of an influential world leader. The election of a new pope is a matter of international significance. The papal transition of 2005 marks the first election of a pope in the Internet Age.
The Papal Transition 2005 Web Archive documents this transfer from one pope to another as it emerged on the Internet. The types of Web sites archived include the following: religious bodies, religious organizations, Catholic Web sources, U.S. and foreign government sites, international press coverage, editorials, public opinion, tributes and memorials, blogs, and other relevant sites.
This collection is part of a continuing effort by the Library of Congress to evaluate, select, collect, catalog, provide access to, and preserve digital materials for future generations of researchers.
Collection Period: The Papal Transition 2005 Web Archive consists of five weekly captures conducted from April 13, 2005 to May 2, 2005.
Number of Sites: 183
Citations should indicate: Archived in the Library of Congress Web Archives at www.loc.gov. When citing a particular Web site include the archived Web site's Citation ID (e.g., http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.natlib/mrva1234.1234). Researchers are advised to follow standard citation guidelines for Web sites, pages, and articles. Researchers are reminded that many of the materials in this Web archive are copyrighted and that citations must credit the authors/creators and publishers of the works.
Many, if not all, of the Web sites in the collection and elements incorporated into the Web sites (e.g., photographs, articles, graphical representations) are protected by copyright. The materials may also be subject to publicity rights, privacy rights, or other legal interests.
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