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Benedict pleased with TV coverage of final day as pope

'Greatly appreciated good presentation'

Benedict pleased with TV coverage of final day as pope

Vatican City, March 1 - The Vatican spokesman said Friday that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was pleased with television coverage of his last day in office on February 28. Benedict XVI ''watched several news bulletins'' on Thursday evening at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo south of Rome, Father Federico Lombardi said. ''He greatly appreciated the participation and good presentation made of these intense and moving moments,'' he added. Last month Benedict XVI became the first pope in nearly 600 years to stand down from the papacy, due to diminishing physical and mental strength. Cardinals are to meet on Monday to begin preparatory talks for the conclave to elect his successor. The election is expected to take place in the second week of March.

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