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Pope Benedict XVI adds to his February calendar

  • Denise Enos
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  • February 18 2013
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In response to his announced resignation at the end of this month, Pope Benedict XVI has added a special farewell meeting with members of the College of Cardinals on his last day in office, February 28. The Vatican has confirmed that the Holy Father has also added separate meetings with the prime minister and president of Italy to his official calendar for the month. He will also honor his existing commitments through the last day of February.

On February 27, the Pope will hold his final general audience, which has been moved to Saint Peter’s Square in order to accommodate the large crowds anticipated. The next day will mark the last full day of the pontificate. No special ceremony is planned to mark the Pope’s departure on February 28.

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