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Pope Benedict XVI's Last Day

Cardinal George Pell

Australia's Cardinal George Pell, one of those who will be voting for the next pope, is speaking in Rome about Pope Benedict XVI's retirement:

"He was well aware that this was a break with tradition, slightly destabilizing. But he felt that because of his weakness and sickness, which was only too evident today, that he just didn't have the strength to lead in church in these demanding times."

—Victor Simpson, AP's Rome bureau chief, who has covered the Vatican for decades

(AP Photo/Jeremy Piper)

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