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Increased security for pope's final Angelus on Sunday

More metal detectors and 600 additional police on St Peter's Sq

Increased security for pope's final Angelus on Sunday

Vatican City, February 21 - Security in St Peter's square will be increased for "maximum safety" during Pope Benedict XVI's last Angelus to be given on Sunday, said Vatican authorities and Rome police on Thursday. Not only will additional metal detectors be installed, 600 supplementary police, including sharpshooters, will begin service on Saturday evening in preparation for the Pope's final Sunday appearance as pontiff before he retreats to the papal summer residence Castel Gandolfo outside Rome on February 28. The pope, 85, announced on February 11 that he would step down citing declining health and old age, becoming the first pontiff to resign in six centuries.

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