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Pope's decision was made months earlier, says Vatican daily

Editor says Benedict's mind was made up after Mexico-Cuba trip

11 February, 18:12
Pope's decision was made months earlier, says Vatican daily (ANSA) - Rome, February 11 - Pope Benedict XVI's decision to step down had been taken "months ago", the Vatican daily L'Osservatore Romano Editor Giovanni Maria Vian said on Monday.

"After his trip to Mexico and Cuba, and having repeatedly examined his conscience before God, (he made the decision) due to his advancing age," the director said.

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