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Pope, near abdication, says pray "for me and next pope"

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Pope Benedict, speaking before a larger than usual crowd at his penultimate Sunday address, asked the faithful to pray for him and for the next pope. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Pope Benedict, speaking before a larger than usual crowd at his penultimate Sunday address, asked the faithful to pray for him and...more

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Pope Benedict, speaking before a larger than usual crowd at his penultimate Sunday address, asked the faithful to pray for him and for the next pope. REUTERS/Max Rossi
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Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Thousands of people are gathered in St. Peter's Square for the Sunday Angelus prayer. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Thousands of people are gathered in St. Peter's Square for the Sunday Angelus prayer. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Thousands of people are gathered in St. Peter's Square for the Sunday Angelus prayer. REUTERS/Max Rossi
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People are gathered in St Peter's Square as Pope Benedict XVI leads his Sunday Angelus prayer at the Vatican February 17, 2013. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

People are gathered in St Peter's Square as Pope Benedict XVI leads his Sunday Angelus prayer at the Vatican February 17, 2013. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

People are gathered in St Peter's Square as Pope Benedict XVI leads his Sunday Angelus prayer at the Vatican February 17, 2013. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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Faithful hold a sign as Pope Benedict XVI leads the Sunday Angelus in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Pope Benedict, speaking before a larger than usual crowd at his penultimate Sunday address, asked the faithful to pray for him and for the next pope. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Faithful hold a sign as Pope Benedict XVI leads the Sunday Angelus in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Pope Benedict, speaking before a larger than usual crowd at his penultimate Sunday address, asked the faithful to pray for...more

Faithful hold a sign as Pope Benedict XVI leads the Sunday Angelus in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Pope Benedict, speaking before a larger than usual crowd at his penultimate Sunday address, asked the faithful to pray for him and for the next pope. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Thousands of people are gathered in Saint Peter's Square for the Sunday Angelus prayer. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Thousands of people are gathered in Saint Peter's Square for the Sunday Angelus prayer. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Thousands of people are gathered in Saint Peter's Square for the Sunday Angelus prayer. REUTERS/Max Rossi
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Pope Benedict XVI leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Thousands of people are gathered in St. Peter's square to attend the Sunday Angelus prayer. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Pope Benedict XVI leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Thousands of people are gathered in St. Peter's square to attend the Sunday Angelus prayer. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Pope Benedict XVI leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Thousands of people are gathered in St. Peter's square to attend the Sunday Angelus prayer. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Thousands of people are gathered in St. Peter's square to attend the Sunday Angelus prayer. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Thousands of people are gathered in St. Peter's square to attend the Sunday Angelus prayer. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Thousands of people are gathered in St. Peter's square to attend the Sunday Angelus prayer. REUTERS/Max Rossi
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People are gathered in St Peter's Square as Pope Benedict XVI leads his Sunday Angelus prayer at the Vatican February 17, 2013. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

People are gathered in St Peter's Square as Pope Benedict XVI leads his Sunday Angelus prayer at the Vatican February 17, 2013. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

People are gathered in St Peter's Square as Pope Benedict XVI leads his Sunday Angelus prayer at the Vatican February 17, 2013. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Thousands of people gather in St. Peter's Square to attend the Sunday Angelus prayer. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Thousands of people gather in St. Peter's Square to attend the Sunday Angelus prayer. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Thousands of people gather in St. Peter's Square to attend the Sunday Angelus prayer. REUTERS/Max Rossi
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People hold a banner as Pope Benedict XVI leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Thousands of people are gathered in St Peter's Square to attend the Sunday Angelus prayer. The banner reads, " We love you". REUTERS/Max Rossi

People hold a banner as Pope Benedict XVI leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Thousands of people are gathered in St Peter's Square to attend the Sunday Angelus prayer. The banner reads, " We love...more

People hold a banner as Pope Benedict XVI leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Thousands of people are gathered in St Peter's Square to attend the Sunday Angelus prayer. The banner reads, " We love you". REUTERS/Max Rossi
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People are gathered in St Peter's Square as Pope Benedict XVI leads his Sunday Angelus prayer at the Vatican February 17, 2013. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

People are gathered in St Peter's Square as Pope Benedict XVI leads his Sunday Angelus prayer at the Vatican February 17, 2013. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

People are gathered in St Peter's Square as Pope Benedict XVI leads his Sunday Angelus prayer at the Vatican February 17, 2013. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Pope Benedict, speaking before a larger than usual crowd at his penultimate Sunday address, asked the faithful to pray for him and for the next pope. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Pope Benedict, speaking before a larger than usual crowd at his penultimate Sunday address, asked the faithful to pray for him and...more

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Pope Benedict, speaking before a larger than usual crowd at his penultimate Sunday address, asked the faithful to pray for him and for the next pope. REUTERS/Max Rossi
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Faithful hold a banner as Pope Benedict XVI leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Thousands of people gathered in St. Peter's Square to attend the Sunday Angelus prayer. The banner reads, "Thanks" in Italian. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Faithful hold a banner as Pope Benedict XVI leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Thousands of people gathered in St. Peter's Square to attend the Sunday Angelus prayer. The banner reads, "Thanks"...more

Faithful hold a banner as Pope Benedict XVI leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Thousands of people gathered in St. Peter's Square to attend the Sunday Angelus prayer. The banner reads, "Thanks" in Italian. REUTERS/Max Rossi
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Faithful hold a banner as Pope Benedict XVI leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Thousands of people gathered in St. Peter's Square to attend the Sunday Angelus prayer. The banner reads, "Thanks" in Spanish. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Faithful hold a banner as Pope Benedict XVI leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Thousands of people gathered in St. Peter's Square to attend the Sunday Angelus prayer. The banner reads, "Thanks"...more

Faithful hold a banner as Pope Benedict XVI leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Thousands of people gathered in St. Peter's Square to attend the Sunday Angelus prayer. The banner reads, "Thanks" in Spanish. REUTERS/Max Rossi
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Pope Benedict XVI leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Pope Benedict, speaking before a larger than usual crowd at his penultimate Sunday address, asked the faithful to pray for him and for the next pope. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Pope Benedict XVI leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Pope Benedict, speaking before a larger than usual crowd at his penultimate Sunday address, asked the faithful to pray for him and for the...more

Pope Benedict XVI leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Pope Benedict, speaking before a larger than usual crowd at his penultimate Sunday address, asked the faithful to pray for him and for the next pope. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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Pope Benedict XVI leaves after the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Pope Benedict, speaking before a larger than usual crowd at his penultimate Sunday address, asked the faithful to pray for him and for the next pope. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Pope Benedict XVI leaves after the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Pope Benedict, speaking before a larger than usual crowd at his penultimate Sunday address, asked the faithful to pray for him and for...more

Pope Benedict XVI leaves after the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Pope Benedict, speaking before a larger than usual crowd at his penultimate Sunday address, asked the faithful to pray for him and for the next pope. REUTERS/Max Rossi
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People are gathered in St Peter's square as Pope Benedict XVI leads his Sunday Angelus prayer at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Pope Benedict, speaking before a larger than usual crowd at his penultimate Sunday address, asked the faithful to pray for him and for the next pope. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

People are gathered in St Peter's square as Pope Benedict XVI leads his Sunday Angelus prayer at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Pope Benedict, speaking before a larger than usual crowd at his penultimate Sunday address, asked the faithful to pray for...more

People are gathered in St Peter's square as Pope Benedict XVI leads his Sunday Angelus prayer at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Pope Benedict, speaking before a larger than usual crowd at his penultimate Sunday address, asked the faithful to pray for him and for the next pope. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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Pope Benedict XVI's personal secretary Georg Gaenswein pulls back the tapestry at the end of Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Pope Benedict, speaking before a larger than usual crowd at his penultimate Sunday address, asked the faithful to pray for him and for the next pope. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Pope Benedict XVI's personal secretary Georg Gaenswein pulls back the tapestry at the end of Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Pope Benedict, speaking before a larger than usual crowd at his penultimate...more

Pope Benedict XVI's personal secretary Georg Gaenswein pulls back the tapestry at the end of Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Pope Benedict, speaking before a larger than usual crowd at his penultimate Sunday address, asked the faithful to pray for him and for the next pope. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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A girl looks on as Pope Benedict XVI leads the Sunday Angelus in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Thousands of people gathered in St Peter's Square to attend the Sunday Angelus prayer. REUTERS/Max Rossi

A girl looks on as Pope Benedict XVI leads the Sunday Angelus in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Thousands of people gathered in St Peter's Square to attend the Sunday Angelus prayer. REUTERS/Max Rossi

A girl looks on as Pope Benedict XVI leads the Sunday Angelus in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Thousands of people gathered in St Peter's Square to attend the Sunday Angelus prayer. REUTERS/Max Rossi
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Pope Benedict XVI leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Pope Benedict, speaking before a larger than usual crowd at his penultimate Sunday address, asked the faithful to pray for him and for the next pope. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Pope Benedict XVI leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Pope Benedict, speaking before a larger than usual crowd at his penultimate Sunday address, asked the faithful to pray for him and for the...more

Pope Benedict XVI leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Pope Benedict, speaking before a larger than usual crowd at his penultimate Sunday address, asked the faithful to pray for him and for the next pope. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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Pope Benedict XVI leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Pope Benedict, speaking before a larger than usual crowd at his penultimate Sunday address, asked the faithful to pray for him and for the next pope. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Pope Benedict XVI leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Pope Benedict, speaking before a larger than usual crowd at his penultimate Sunday address, asked the faithful to pray for him and for the...more

Pope Benedict XVI leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Pope Benedict, speaking before a larger than usual crowd at his penultimate Sunday address, asked the faithful to pray for him and for the next pope. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful during the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Pope Benedict, speaking before a larger than usual crowd at his penultimate Sunday address, asked the faithful to pray for him and for the next pope. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful during the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Pope Benedict, speaking before a larger than usual crowd at his penultimate Sunday address, asked the faithful to pray...more

Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful during the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Pope Benedict, speaking before a larger than usual crowd at his penultimate Sunday address, asked the faithful to pray for him and for the next pope. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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Pope Benedict XVI leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Pope Benedict, speaking before a larger than usual crowd at his penultimate Sunday address, asked the faithful to pray for him and for the next pope. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Pope Benedict XVI leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Pope Benedict, speaking before a larger than usual crowd at his penultimate Sunday address, asked the faithful to pray for him and for the...more

Pope Benedict XVI leads the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Pope Benedict, speaking before a larger than usual crowd at his penultimate Sunday address, asked the faithful to pray for him and for the next pope. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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Tapestry flutters at the end of the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Pope Benedict, speaking before a larger than usual crowd at his penultimate Sunday address, asked the faithful to pray for him and for the next pope. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Tapestry flutters at the end of the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Pope Benedict, speaking before a larger than usual crowd at his penultimate Sunday address, asked the faithful to pray for him and for...more

Tapestry flutters at the end of the Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Pope Benedict, speaking before a larger than usual crowd at his penultimate Sunday address, asked the faithful to pray for him and for the next pope. REUTERS/Max Rossi
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A newspaper seller shows newspapers with photographs of Pope Benedict XVI outside the Vatican February 17, 2013. Thousands of people are expected to gather in St. Peter's Square for Pope Benedict's Sunday Angelus prayer. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

A newspaper seller shows newspapers with photographs of Pope Benedict XVI outside the Vatican February 17, 2013. Thousands of people are expected to gather in St. Peter's Square for Pope Benedict's Sunday Angelus prayer. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

A newspaper seller shows newspapers with photographs of Pope Benedict XVI outside the Vatican February 17, 2013. Thousands of people are expected to gather in St. Peter's Square for Pope Benedict's Sunday Angelus prayer. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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Photographs of Pope Benedict XVI are seen on the covers of magazines outside the Vatican February 17, 2013. Thousands of people are expected to gather in St. Peter's Square for Pope Benedict's Sunday Angelus prayer. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Photographs of Pope Benedict XVI are seen on the covers of magazines outside the Vatican February 17, 2013. Thousands of people are expected to gather in St. Peter's Square for Pope Benedict's Sunday Angelus prayer. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Photographs of Pope Benedict XVI are seen on the covers of magazines outside the Vatican February 17, 2013. Thousands of people are expected to gather in St. Peter's Square for Pope Benedict's Sunday Angelus prayer. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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A member of the faithful holds a placard in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Thousands of people are expected to gather in the square for Pope Benedict's Sunday Angelus prayer. The placard reads, "We will be grateful forever and we will pray for you." REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

A member of the faithful holds a placard in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Thousands of people are expected to gather in the square for Pope Benedict's Sunday Angelus prayer. The placard reads, "We will be grateful forever and...more

A member of the faithful holds a placard in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican February 17, 2013. Thousands of people are expected to gather in the square for Pope Benedict's Sunday Angelus prayer. The placard reads, "We will be grateful forever and we will pray for you." REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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An image of Pope Benedict XVI (bottom R) is seen on a publication outside the Vatican February 17, 2013. Thousands of people are expected to gather in St. Peter's Square for Pope Benedict's Sunday Angelus prayer. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

An image of Pope Benedict XVI (bottom R) is seen on a publication outside the Vatican February 17, 2013. Thousands of people are expected to gather in St. Peter's Square for Pope Benedict's Sunday Angelus prayer. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

An image of Pope Benedict XVI (bottom R) is seen on a publication outside the Vatican February 17, 2013. Thousands of people are expected to gather in St. Peter's Square for Pope Benedict's Sunday Angelus prayer. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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