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L'Osservatore Romano Pope Benedict XVI formally resigned at 8 p.m. Thursday night in Rome, leaving the Vatican by helicopter to begin his new life as pope emeritus. As our colleague Elisabetta Polovedo reported, Benedict will stay at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo for the first months of his retirement, until workers complete the restoration of "more permanent lodgings in a convent inside the Vatican where he will live out his life."
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