URGENT ¥¥¥ Resigning pope calls for 'real renewal' in Church

Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday called for a "real renewal" in the Catholic Church in the spirit of the reformist Second Vatican Council of the 1960s in one of his final speeches before his historic resignation at the end of this month.

"We must work for the realisation of the real Council and for a real renewal of the Church," the pope told hundreds of parish priests from his Rome diocese assembled in a Vatican auditorium.