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This has been a very great pontificate: we now need a vigorous pope who will defeat the treacherous bureaucrats who undermined Pope Benedict

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Benedict XVI delivers his final words as Pope to cheering pilgrims at Castel Gandolfo

‘Among you,’ Benedict XVI told the assembled cardinals, ‘is the future pope’

Pope tells president of the Slovakian Republic: ‘I would have gone to Slovakia this year’

Benedict XVI promises his ‘unconditional obedience’ to next pope

Benedict XVI thanks Catholics around the world for their support in final address as pope

At last general audience the Pope says during his pontificate he felt the Lord’s presence every day

About 200,000 people were expected to attend the general audience

Archbishop Zollitsch says Germany ‘in some sense shared the honour’ of Benedict XVI being elected