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A view of the Mater Ecclesiae convent previously occupied by cloistered nuns, where renovation works for the retired pope arrival continue. As the Catholic world reeled from shock with the resignation announcement, it soon became clear that Benedict’s post-papacy lodgings have been under construction since at least the fall. LEFT: Pope Benedict XVI wears a Mexican sombrero in Leon, Mexico, on March 25, 2012. Benedict hit his head and bled when he got up in the middle of the night in an unfamiliar bedroom during the trip.

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