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URGENT ¥¥¥ Pope leaves Vatican for retirement

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Pope Benedict XVI left the Vatican aboard a helicopter on Thursday, hours before his reign as pope was to officially end at 1900 GMT.

The white helicopter lifted off 1607 GMT for the brief ride to Castel Gondolfo, some 30 kilometres (20 miles) southeast of Rome, where the pope will spend the first two months of his retirement.

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