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Benedict says not abandoning cross, pray for new pope

Outgoing pope says will stay attacked to 'crucified Lord'

Benedict says not abandoning cross, pray for new pope

(see related stories) Vatican City, February 27 - Pope Benedict XVI said in his last general audience on Wednesday that "I am not abandoning the cross" by stepping down, saying he stayed attached to the "crucified Lord" in a new way. He also called on the faithful to pray for the cardinals who will elect the new pope at the conclave and for his eventual successor.

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