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Pope tells priests: I will always be close to you, even though I will be hidden

Benedict XVI speaks off-the-cuff about Vatican II in audience with priests

Pope’s secretary moved to tears during Mass

Benedict XVI was the only person able to hold back tears during his last Mass as pope at St Peter’s Basilica

Benedict XVI thanks everyone during last Mass at St Peter’s

The Pope celebrated an emotional last Mass for the distribution of the ashes, kissing the basilica’s altar for the last time

Pope welcomed with warm applause in his first public appearance since abdication announcement

Benedict XVI seemed at ease as he led the general audience at the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall

Images from the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI

These images show how Benedict XVI, in a calm and surprising manner, announced in Latin that he will be resigning as the Successor of Peter