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Pope gives last Sunday blessing

Pope Benedict XVI bestowed his final Sunday blessing of his pontificate on a cheering crowd in St. Peter’s Square, explaining that his waning years and energy made him better suited to the life of private prayer he soon will spend in a secluded monastery than as leader of the Roman Catholic Church. On Thursday evening, the 85-year-old German-born theologian will become the first pope to have resigned from the papacy ...

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Photographs by L’Osservatore Romano / AP

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  • Headline: Pope gives last Sunday blessing
  • Publication: Front Section, Pages 1 on 02/25/2013
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