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Pope Benedict XVI's Last Day

Clementine Hall

The Clementine Hall where the pope greeted cardinals for the last time, pledging `'unconditional reverence and obedience" to his successor, is a grand 16th century room built by Pope Clement VIII in honor of Pope Clement I — the fourth pope. Covered in ornate marble tiles and Renaissance frescoes, it's basically the pope's reception room — the place where he receives VIPs from around the world. It's also the place where the body of the pope lies in state for private respects by Vatican officials.

—Joji Sakurai via Twitter

Above: Pope Benedict XVI, center, delivers his message on the occasion of the exchange of Christmas greetings with the Roman curia, in the Clementine hall at Vatican, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, pool)

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