Pope Benedict XVI seeks prayers in wake of resignation

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Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral, on Saturday, April 19, 2008, in New York. Religion News Service photo by Jin Lee/Staten Island Advance.

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) In his first public comments since his surprise retirement announcement, Pope Benedict XVI asked Catholics for support and prayers to support him “in these days which are not easy for me.”