Pope pledges allegiance to successor, appeals for Church unity

by | March 3, 2013 1:13 pm

 Pope Benedict XVI pledged his allegiance to his future successor and appealed for unity within the Catholic Church, during a historic farewell with cardinals on Thursday, hours before resigning from the papacy. Benedict officially steps down at 8 p.m. the end of his papacy will be marked by the closure of the gates of the…

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