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Pope will 'salute' cardinals on Feb 28 morning

Formal farewell nine hours before steps down

Pope will 'salute' cardinals on Feb 28 morning

Vatican City, February 21 - Benedict XVI will salute the cardinals who will elect his successor as pope at 11:00 on February 28, nine hours before he formally steps down, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said Thursday. Benedict announced on February 11 he was abdicating, an unprecedented step in modern times.

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