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Pope Benedict XVI offers final blessing

Pope Benedict XVI has held his final Sunday Angelus from the Vatican before he retires.

Following the prayer, he thanked visitors in a number of languages for their "many expressions of gratitude, affection, closeness and prayer".

The Pope's resignation, the first in nearly 600 years, takes effect on Thursday.

  • 24 Feb 2013
  • From the section Europe
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