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    Arrivederci Roma - pope tells diocese he plans seclusion

    euronews (in English)

    by euronews (in English)

    There has been an emotional ceremony in the Vatican where the pope effectively said farewell to more than 1,000 priests from the Diocese of Rome.

    After stepping down as pope, Benedict will no longer be Bishop of Rome either.

    Speaking unscripted for more than half an hour the 85-year-old said he will see out a cloistered life in seclusion once he stands down at the end of the month.