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Special Report: The loneliness of the short distance pope

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GIAMPIERO SPOSITO

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives to lead the Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter's square, at the Vatican in this October 24, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito/Files

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives to lead the Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter's square, at the Vatican in this October 24, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito/Files
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KAI PFAFFENBACH

Pope Benedict XVI blesses the pilgrims at the end of a holy mass on the Islinger field near Regensburg in this September 12, 2006 file photo. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/Files

Pope Benedict XVI blesses the pilgrims at the end of a holy mass on the Islinger field near Regensburg in this September 12, 2006 file photo. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/Files
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OSSERVATORE ROMANO

Pope Benedict XVI walks in the Italian Alps while on vacation in Les Combes in this July 21, 2009 file photo. To match Special Report POPE-RESIGNATION/DECISION REUTERS/Osservatore Romano/Files

Pope Benedict XVI walks in the Italian Alps while on vacation in Les Combes in this July 21, 2009 file photo. To match Special Report POPE-RESIGNATION/DECISION REUTERS/Osservatore Romano/Files
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DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI

Pope Benedict XVI nods off during a mass at the Granaries in Floriana in this April 18, 2010 file photo. POPE-RESIGNATION/DECISION REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi/Files

Pope Benedict XVI nods off during a mass at the Granaries in Floriana in this April 18, 2010 file photo. POPE-RESIGNATION/DECISION REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi/Files
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MAX ROSSI

People walk in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican in this February 19, 2013 file photo. To match Special Report POPE-RESIGNATION/DECISION REUTERS/Max Rossi/Files

People walk in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican in this February 19, 2013 file photo. To match Special Report POPE-RESIGNATION/DECISION REUTERS/Max Rossi/Files
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ALESSANDRO BIANCHI

Faithful hold a sign as Pope Benedict XVI leads the Sunday Angelus in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican in this February 17, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Allesandro Bianchi/Files

Faithful hold a sign as Pope Benedict XVI leads the Sunday Angelus in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican in this February 17, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Allesandro Bianchi/Files
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STEFANO RELLANDINI

Pope Benedict XVI's twitter account is pictured with his first tweet on an iPad tablet in this file photo illustration taken in Milan December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini/Files

Pope Benedict XVI's twitter account is pictured with his first tweet on an iPad tablet in this file photo illustration taken in Milan December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini/Files
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ALESSANDRO BIANCHI

German Catholic journalist Peter Seewald reacts as he holds his new book about Pope Benedict XVI while leaving at the end of a news conference at the Vatican in this November 23, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi/Files

German Catholic journalist Peter Seewald reacts as he holds his new book about Pope Benedict XVI while leaving at the end of a news conference at the Vatican in this November 23, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi/Files
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