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

Pope gives his final greetings to cardinals and other Vatican officials (Photo: PA)

Benedict XVI promises his ‘unconditional obedience’ to next pope

Benedict XVI waves to the faithful (Photo: CNS)

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

Best moments of Benedict XVI’s pontificate

Relive Pope Benedict’s eight-year pontificate in less than two minutes

Benedict XVI greets pilgrims in St Peter's Square before his last general audience (Photo: PA)

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

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

Archbishop Robert Zollitsch (Photo: CNS)

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

Fr Federico Lombardi (PA)

Fr Lombardi says the ordinariate will remain a permanent feature of the Catholic Church after Benedict XVI has abdicated

Pope Benedict XVI leads the Angelus in St Peter's Square on Sunday Photo: Press Association

Benedict XVI says Catholics must endure spiritual battle during his Sunday address

Pope Benedict XVI waves after giving an address about Vatican II to clergy in Rome (Photo: PA)

We all need to approach the conclave without resentment or feelings of betrayal