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Pope Benedict XVI's last day in office: Reports and reaction

BBC reports and reaction on Pope Benedict XVI's final day in office.

He is to meet cardinals and staff at the Vatican before leaving for the papal retreat near Rome.

He will hand temporary charge of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics to Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone before flying by helicopter to Castel Gandolfo.

A successor to the first pope to resign in centuries will be chosen by cardinals next month.

  • 28 Feb 2013
  • From the section Europe