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URGENT ¥¥¥ Thunderous applause for Benedict XVI at St Peter's mass


Cardinals, clergy and common pilgrims erupted into thunderous applause at the mention of "pope emeritus" Benedict XVI on Tuesday at a special mass in St Peter's Basilica ahead of a conclave to elect his successor following his surprise resignation.

The applause lasted nearly a minute after Cardinal Angelo Sodano, in his homily, evoked the "brilliant pontificate (of) the beloved and venerable Pontiff Benedict XVI".