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Vatican plans big send off for pope, consultations begin

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ALESSANDRO BIANCHI

St Peter's Basilica is pictured at the Vatican February 12, 2013. Pope Benedict stunned the Roman Catholic Church on Monday when he announced he would stand down, the first pope to do so in 700 years, saying he no longer had the mental and physical strength to carry on. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi (VATICAN - Tags: RELIGION)

St Peter's Basilica is pictured at the Vatican February 12, 2013. Pope Benedict stunned the Roman Catholic Church on Monday when he announced he would stand down, the first pope to do so in 700 years, saying he no longer had the mental and physical strength to carry on. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi (VATICAN - Tags: RELIGION)
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TONY GENTILE

Tourists walk past pictures of Pope Benedict XVI displayed in a shop in Rome February 12, 2013.Pope Benedict stunned the Roman Catholic Church on Monday when he announced he would stand down, the first pope to do so in 700 years, saying he no longer had the mental and physical strength to carry on. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Tourists walk past pictures of Pope Benedict XVI displayed in a shop in Rome February 12, 2013.Pope Benedict stunned the Roman Catholic Church on Monday when he announced he would stand down, the first pope to do so in 700 years, saying he no longer had the mental and physical strength to carry on. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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ALESSANDRO BIANCHI

Clouds are seen over the St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican February 12, 2013. Pope Benedict stunned the Roman Catholic Church on Monday when he announced he would stand down, the first pope to do so in 700 years, saying he no longer had the mental and physical strength to carry on. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Clouds are seen over the St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican February 12, 2013. Pope Benedict stunned the Roman Catholic Church on Monday when he announced he would stand down, the first pope to do so in 700 years, saying he no longer had the mental and physical strength to carry on. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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