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Benedict vows 'unconditional obedience' to next pope

Says cardinals were great help during papacy

Benedict vows 'unconditional obedience' to next pope

(see related story) Vatican City, February 28 - Pope Benedict XVI pledged obedience to his successor at a meeting of cardinals on his last day as pontiff on Thursday. "Among you is the future pope, to whom I promise my unconditional reverence and obedience," Benedict said. The outgoing pope added that the support and advice he had received from the cardinals during the seven years, 10 months and nine days he has spent as pope were of "great help". "It has been a joy for me too to walk with you over these years," Benedict said. He added that the college of cardinals "should be like an orchestra in which diversity can lead to synchronous harmony". Benedict then greeted one by one all of the cardinals, many of whom were visibly moved.

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