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Benedict old but in good health says Vatican spokesman

Pope Emeritus passing his first day of retirement

Benedict old but in good health says Vatican spokesman

Vatican City, March 1 - Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is elderly but "in good health," Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told the press on Friday, the first day of the ex-pontiff's retirement. "Over the last years we have seen him a little older, tired, stooped and sometimes with a cane, but that was for his safety and support," Lombardy said. Benedict, the first pope to stand down since Gregory XII in 1415, will spend two months at Castel Gandolfo outside of Rome before moving into a monastery inside the Vatican.

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