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Benedict's Farewell: Sometimes Lord Seemed to Sleep

Crowd tops 150K for his last general audience

(Newser) - It's Benedict XVI's penultimate day of pontificating, and tens of thousands of the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square for an emotional farewell in which the pope recalled the "great burden" God had given him in 2005 and noted that his papacy had weathered difficult moments... More »

No More Red Shoes for Pope Benedict

...who will henceforth be called 'emeritus pope'

(Newser) - With T-minus two days til his reign as pope ends, the Vatican has answered some of the biggest outstanding questions about Pope Benedict XVI's future once he's retired: He'll be known as "emeritus pope" and continue to wear a white cassock. Benedict himself made the decisions,... More »

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