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A group of faithful of the Youth Group of San Lorenzo hold a wooden cross Monday in St Peter’s Square as they recite their daily rosary, at the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI said Monday he lacks the strength to fulfill his duties and on Feb. 28 will become the first pontiff in 600 years to resign.

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