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Pope promises 'spiritual proximity' after resignation

Published on Feb 23, 2013 7:01 PM
 
Pope Benedict XVI waving as he leaves after Ash at St Peter's basilica at the Vatican on Feb 13, 2013. The pope on Saturday promised top Vatican officials he would remain in "spiritual proximity" with them even after he resigns next week, at the end of a week-long spiritual retreat in the Vatican. -- PHOTO: AFP

VATICAN CITY (AFP) - Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday promised top Vatican officials he would remain in "spiritual proximity" with them even after he resigns next week, at the end of a week-long spiritual retreat in the Vatican.

The pope also told the members of the Roman Curia that the beauty of God's creation "is constantly contradicted by the evil of this world, by suffering and by corruption."