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Pope Benedict XVI is seen leaving St. Peter's Square on his pope-mobile after his last general audience, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

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Pope Benedict XVI greets well-wishers in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City on Wednesday. Benedict on Thursday will become the first pope in six centuries to step aside. Some 150,000 people attended his farewell address. (Associated Press)

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Pope Benedict XVI greets well-wishers in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City on Wednesday. Benedict on Thursday will become the first pope in six centuries to step aside. Some 150,000 people attended his farewell address. (Associated Press)

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Pope Benedict XVI kisses a baby during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Pope Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff Wednesday at his final general audience in St. Peter's Square, recalling moments of "joy and light" during his papacy but also times of great difficulty. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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Pope Benedict XVI kisses a baby during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Pope Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff Wednesday at his final general audience in St. Peter's Square, recalling moments of "joy and light" during his papacy but also times of great difficulty. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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** FILE ** Pope Benedict XVI leaves St. Peter's Basilica on a mobile platform at the end of a Mass at the Vatican on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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** FILE ** Pope Benedict XVI leaves St. Peter's Basilica on a mobile platform at the end of a Mass at the Vatican on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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In this undated photo, Pope Benedict XVI is seen wearing his iconic red shoes. (Credit: Associated Press)

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Archbishop Pier Luigi Celata reads a copy of a document signed by Pope Benedict XVI changing the rules of the conclave. (Associated Press)

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Archbishop Pier Luigi Celata reads a copy of a document signed by Pope Benedict XVI changing the rules of the conclave. (Associated Press)

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Archbishop Pier Luigi Celata reads a copy of a document signed by Pope Benedict XVI changing the rules of the conclave. (Associated Press)

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Pope Benedict XVI delivers his blessing during his last Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

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Pope Benedict XVI delivers his blessing during his last Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

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In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI holds his pastoral staff Sunday during the "Urbi et Orbi" (Latin for to the City and to the World) message from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the end of the Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Benedict XVI urged an end to fighting in Libya, using his Easter Sunday message to call for diplomacy and peace in the Middle East. (Associated Press/L'Osservatore Romano)

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**FILE** Pope Benedict XVI waves to the crowd at the end of a papal Mass in Regensburg, Germany, some 120 kilometers (about 75 miles) northeast of Munich, on Sept. 12, 2006. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Pope Benedict XVI waves to the crowd at the end of a papal Mass in Regensburg, Germany, some 120 kilometers (about 75 miles) northeast of Munich, on Sept. 12, 2006. (Associated Press)

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Pope Benedict XVI greets the faithful at the end of the Ash Wednesday Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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Pope Benedict XVI greets the faithful at the end of the Ash Wednesday Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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Pope Benedict XVI leads his weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. Looking tired but serene, the pontiff told thousands of faithful he was stepping down for "the good of the church," speaking in his first public appearance since dropping the bombshell announcement of his resignation. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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Pope Benedict XVI leads his weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. Looking tired but serene, the pontiff told thousands of faithful he was stepping down for "the good of the church," speaking in his first public appearance since dropping the bombshell announcement of his resignation. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)