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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

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

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

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

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Cardinal Jozef Tomko places ashes on Benedict XVI’s forehead at the start of Lent

During general audience, Pope Benedict XVI explains the meaning of placing ashes on one’s forehead

Bishop Kieran Conry says wearing of ashes is a ‘wonderful’ chance for people to show their commitment to Christ