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Pope Benedict XVI attends Ash Wednesday mass at the Vatican February 13, 2013. Thousands of people are expected to gather in the Vatican for Pope Benedict's Ash Wednesday mass, which is expected to be his last before leaving office at the end of February. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

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Pope Benedict XVI attends the Ash Wednesday mass at the Vatican February 13, 2013. Thousands of people are expected to gather in the Vatican for Pope Benedict's Ash Wednesday mass, which is expected to be his last before leaving office at the end of February. REUTERS/ Alessandro Bianchi (VATICAN - Tags: RELIGION)

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Pope Benedict XVI attends the Ash Wednesday mass at the Vatican February 13, 2013. Thousands of people are expected to gather in the Vatican for Pope Benedict's Ash Wednesday mass, which is expected to be his last before leaving office at the end of February. REUTERS/ Alessandro Bianchi (VATICAN - Tags: RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Pope Benedict XVI is sprinkled with ashes during the Ash Wednesday mass at the Vatican February 13, 2013. Thousands of people are expected to gather in the Vatican for Pope Benedict's Ash Wednesday mass, which is expected to be his last before leaving office at the end of February. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi (VATICAN - Tags: RELIGION)

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Pope Benedict XVI blesses during the Ash Wednesday mass at the Vatican February 13, 2013. Thousands of people are expected to gather in the Vatican for Pope Benedict's Ash Wednesday mass, which is expected to be his last before leaving office at the end of February. REUTERS/ Alessandro Bianchi (VATICAN - Tags: RELIGION)

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Pope Benedict XVI arrives to lead Ash Wednesday mass at the Vatican February 13, 2013. Thousands of people are expected to gather in the Vatican for Pope Benedict's Ash Wednesday mass, which is expected to be his last before leaving office at the end of February. REUTERS/ Alessandro Bianchi (VATICAN - Tags: RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Pope Benedict XVI opens his arms in greetings as he arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican February 13, 2013. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

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Pope Benedict XVI leaves at the end of his Wednesday general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican February 13, 2013. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

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Pope Benedict XVI leaves at the end of his Wednesday general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican February 13, 2013. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

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Pope Benedict XVI leaves at the end of his Wednesday general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican February 13, 2013. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

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Pope Benedict XVI arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican February 13, 2013. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

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Pope Benedict XVI greets his Wednesday general audience as he arrives to lead in Paul VI hall at the Vatican February 13, 2013. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

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Pope Benedict XVI stands up during his Wednesday general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican February 13, 2013. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

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Pope Benedict XVI arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican February 13, 2013. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

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Pope Benedict XVI arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican February 13, 2013. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

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Pope Benedict XVI leads his Wednesday general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican February 13, 2013. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

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Pope Benedict XVI arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican February 13, 2013. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

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Pope Benedict XVI greets as he arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican February 13, 2013. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

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A woman holds a religious icon before Pope Benedict XVI's Wednesday general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican February 13, 2013. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

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An empty papal throne lies in the Vatican's Paul VI hall before Pope Benedict XVI's Wednesday general audience February 13, 2013. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

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