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Pope dedicates mass to predecessor on 86th birthday

'May the Lord be with Benedict' says Francis

Pope dedicates mass to predecessor on 86th birthday

Vatican City, April 16 - Pope Francis dedicated his morning mass to Benedict XVI on Tuesday, the retired pontiff's 86th birthday. "May the Lord be with him, comfort him, and console him," said Francis in a prayer at St Martha's House, the Vatican residence where the Argentine pope has opted to live since coming to Rome to vote in the conclave that elected him Benedict's successor last month. Benedict has been known as pope emeritus since abdicating the throne of St Peter in February, becoming the first pope to voluntarily step down in over 700 years.

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