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Pope 'brave' says Napolitano

'Aware of fatigue' at Feb 4 meeting

Pope 'brave' says Napolitano

Rome, February 11 - Pope Benedict XVI has shown "great courage" in saying he will resign the papacy at the end of the month, Italian President Giorgio Napolitano said after the pontiff's shock announcement Monday. Napolitano said he had "the greatest respect" for the decision, taken because the 85-year-old Benedict, elected seven years ago, said he lacked the strength to do an increasingly demanding job. During their last meeting on February 4, the president said, "it was clear that (the pope) was tired and aware of fatigue which was hard to bear".

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