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Benedict XVI Farewells Cardinals, Promises 'Unconditional Obedience' to Next Pope

Last edited 1st March 2013

The last meeting between Benedict XVI and the cardinals was full of emotion and a few fun moments. In all, 144 cardinals greeted the Pope personally. But what stood out most was the announcement Benedict XVI made in his speech pledging absolute loyalty to the next Pope: “Among you, in the College of Cardinals is the future Pope, to whom I promise my unconditional reverence and obedience.”

Click here to read the full text of the Pope's farewell address.

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