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'Melancholy' at Lateran Pact anniversary in Vatican City

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'Melancholy' at Lateran Pact anniversary in Vatican City

Vatican City, February 12 - The anniversary of the signing of the Lateran Pact at the Vatican on Tuesday took place amid a mood of "melancholy" following the announcement that Pope Benedict XVI will step down, the Italian ambassador to the Holy See said. "There was a certain melancholy at the heart of this traditional celebration," said Francesco Maia Greco, pointing out that a number of people at the event Tuesday will not be there next year due to a new papacy and changing Italian politics. Italian President Giogio Napolitano is stepping down this year, and Premier Mario Monti's future in politics will be decided after elections later this month. Both men were at the event celebrating the the 83nd anniversary of the accord that established the sovereign state of Vatican City and governs relations between Italy and the Holy See.

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