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Italian outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti looks on as Pope Benedict XVI arrives to lead the Epiphany mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican January 6, 2013. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Italian outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti looks on as Pope Benedict XVI arrives to lead the Epiphany mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican January 6, 2013. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Italian outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti looks on as Pope Benedict XVI arrives to lead the Epiphany mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican January 6, 2013. REUTERS/Max Rossi
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Newly ordained bishops lay on the floor as Pope Benedict XVI leads the Epiphany mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican January 6, 2013. REUTERS/Alessandro Di Meo/Pool

Newly ordained bishops lay on the floor as Pope Benedict XVI leads the Epiphany mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican January 6, 2013. REUTERS/Alessandro Di Meo/Pool

Newly ordained bishops lay on the floor as Pope Benedict XVI leads the Epiphany mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican January 6, 2013. REUTERS/Alessandro Di Meo/Pool
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Pope Benedict XVI holds his pastoral cross as he leads the Epiphany mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican January 6, 2013. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Pope Benedict XVI holds his pastoral cross as he leads the Epiphany mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican January 6, 2013. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Pope Benedict XVI holds his pastoral cross as he leads the Epiphany mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican January 6, 2013. REUTERS/Max Rossi
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Pope Benedict XVI's personal secretary Georg Gaenswein (L) is congratulated by cardinals after he was elevated as a bishop during the Epiphany mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican January 6, 2013. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Pope Benedict XVI's personal secretary Georg Gaenswein (L) is congratulated by cardinals after he was elevated as a bishop during the Epiphany mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican January 6, 2013. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Pope Benedict XVI's personal secretary Georg Gaenswein (L) is congratulated by cardinals after he was elevated as a bishop during the Epiphany mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican January 6, 2013. REUTERS/Max Rossi
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