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URGENT ¥¥¥ Merkel says has 'greatest respect' for pope's decision

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday she had the "greatest respect" for the German-born pope's "difficult" decision to step down due to his advanced age.

"He is and remains one of the most significant religious thinkers of our time," said Merkel, paying tribute to the pope.

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