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Daily reports Pope had pacemaker replaced three months ago

Pontiff did not miss performing Sunday Angelus due to surgery

Daily reports Pope had pacemaker replaced three months ago

Rome, February 12 - Less than three months ago Pope Benedict XVI underwent surgery in a Rome clinic to replace his pacemaker, Italian financial daily paper il Sole 24 Ore said on Tuesday. The 85-year-old pontiff, who announced on Monday that he would be stepping down as leader of the Catholic church, was operated on in "complete secrecy" at the Pio XI medical center, but did not miss performing the Sunday Angelus previous to or after the surgery, said the paper. Benedict said in Latin that his "ingravescentem aetatem", his 'advanced age', was the reason he had decided to step down as pontiff at the end of this month.

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