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    Benedict XVI holds last mass as Pope

    euronews (in English)

    by euronews (in English)

    Pope Benedict XVI has held his last mass as pontiff at St Peter's Basilica in Rome in front of a congregration
    of thousands.

    He was given a standing ovation as he arrived for the Ash Wednesday service, which was also attended by dozens of cardinals and bishops.

    Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, 40 days of prayer and fasting for many Christians leading up to Easter.