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Topic - Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone
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"We wouldn't be sincere, Your Holiness, if we didn't tell you that there's a veil of sadness on our hearts this evening," Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Benedict's longtime deputy, told the pope at the end of the service, his voice breaking.
He thanked the faithful for their prayers and love, which he said he had "physically felt in these days that haven't been easy for me."