As a result of Pope Benedict XVI’s surprise resignation as leader of the Catholic Church the process to select a new Pope began on Tuesday, March 12, 2013.
From within the Sistine Chapel, 115 Cardinals from around the world would conduct a centuries-old voting process called a conclave to choose the next Pope.
For the first time in nearly 600 years the Catholic Church would elect a new leader after a resignation.
I arrived at the Vatican on the Friday before the conclave to document this historic event.
Over the next four days I turned my lens to the scene of the conclave, the cast of characters who would decide the direction of the church and the faithful who flocked St. Peter’s Square en masse to meet their new leader.
-Lucas Oleniuk - @LucasOleniuk