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Topic: papal abdication

We have all now grown used to the idea of the Pope’s abdication: the reality will be harder to take in. It remains a great sorrow to have to live through

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

Pope Benedict XVI’s final day in office: live blog

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Benedict XVI: I am beginning the last stage of my pilgrimage on earth

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

Benedict XVI pledges obedience to his successor

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

Benedict XVI meets political leaders for last time

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

Full text of Pope’s farewell address to cardinals

Benedict XVI promises his ‘unconditional obedience’ to next pope

Pope says he made decision to abdicate with ‘profound serenity’

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

Full text of Benedict XVI’s last address

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

Thousands flock to see Benedict XVI in last public event as Pope

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

German bishops ask for Pope’s forgiveness for the errors of his homeland

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