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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

Ten reasons to give thanks for Pope Benedict XVI

Benedict XVI has left the Church with a rich body of teaching and a shining example in humility and steadfastness

Pope’s announcement stuns world leaders

Politicians and Christian leaders pay tribute to Benedict XVI’s humility and love of the Church

Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation: reactions

Religious leaders express their surprise – including even the Vatican spokesman, Fr Federico Lombardi

Pope Benedict XVI to abdicate: full statement

Pope will step down for health reasons on February 28