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14-Feb-2013  
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Pope Benedict XVI has celebrated his last Mass as Pope in St Peter's Basilica in Rome following the surprise announcement that he is to retire.

He presided over an Ash Wednesday ceremony marking the start of the Roman Catholic Church's season of Lent.

It came two days after the surprise announcement that the 85-year-old was to retire at the end of the month.

In his homily, he implicitly criticised recent infighting among clerics inside the Vatican.

He said the face of the Church had been marred by divisions and rivalry among the clergy, reports the BBC's David Willey, who was at the service.

Looking tired, the pontiff anointed the foreheads of the faithful with ashes in a service attended by cardinals, bishops, monks, friars and pilgrims.
 
 
 
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