URGENT ¥¥¥ Pope asks faithful to 'keep praying for me'

Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday thanked Catholics for their "love and prayer" and asked them to "keep praying for me", saying he had decided to resign "for the good of the Church".

"Thank you for the love and prayer with which you have accompanied me... Keep praying for me, for the Church and for the future pope," he told thousands of pilgrims at his weekly Vatican audience.