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Benedict XVI says goodbye to all cardinals in Rome, pledges allegiance to next Pope

Cardenal Angelo Sodano, the dean of the College of Cardinals, thanked the Pope on behalf of all his colleagues for his example and hard work guiding the Church in the past eight years. Cardinal Sodano's concluded his speech using a German phrase that Benedict XVI would often cite, "Vergelt's Gott,� which roughly means "God bless you.�