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Pope Francis receives ashes from Slovakian Cardinal Jozef Tomko during Ash Wednesday Mass at the Basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome (CNS)

Pontiff spoke at Ash Wednesday Mass in Rome

Francis walks in procession to Santa Sabina yesterday (AP)

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A person holds a mock Oscar as Francis arrives for his general audience (AP)

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POPE WALKS NEAR RELICS OF ST. BERNADETTE SOUBIROUS DURING MASS AT VATICAN

It is indicative both of his love for Our Lady and an acknowledgement of his own growing weakness

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

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

Pope Benedict XVI receives ashes from Cardinal Angelo Comastri, archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica (Photo: CNS)

He says the true disciple does not ‘seek applause or approval’

Benedict XVI waves after celebrating Ash Wednesday Mass (Photo: CNS)

Here we publish the homily of Benedict XVI’s last public Mass as pope

A woman prays at an Ash Wednesday Mass in Hyderabad, India (AP)

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Benedict XVI explains significance of Lent and Ash Wednesday at weekly general audience