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Further details released on last public event for Benedict XVI

2013-02-21

His last general audience will promptly begin at 10:30, as is usual. Before it starts, Benedict XVI will quickly ride through the square on the Popemobile to greet the pilgrims.

First, there will be the day's reading of the Gospel, and after, the catechesis by Benedict XVI in several languages.

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Vatican Spokesperson

"There won't be a particular or complex structure. Father Sapienza says it won't even last longer that usual. He thinks it will be done by midday.”

During the conference, Lombardi also rebuked several reports from Italian media he described as sensationalist and without any merit.

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Vatican Spokesperson

"We will not go after all the assumptions, fantasies or opinions regarding these topics. So do not expect any comments, or confirmation on particular points because then we will never finish.”

Lombardi said that he will not fall into habits of confirming or denying everything, but instead to report on what is really happening.


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