Pope Benedict XVI attends Ash Wednesday mass at the Vatican February 13, 2013. Thousands of people are expected to gather in the Vatican for Pope Benedict's Ash Wednesday mass, which is expected to be his last before leaving office at the end of February.
Pope Benedict says will be "hidden from world" after leaving
Posted : Thursday, 14 February 2013 06:12AM
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict indicated on Thursday he would withdraw into isolation, away from public sight after his resignation at the end of the month.
"Even if I am withdrawing into prayer, I will always be close to all of you and I am sure that you will be close to me, even if I remain hidden to the world," he said in unscripted remarks to priests from the diocese of Rome, in his capacity as bishop of the Italian capital.
(Reporting By Philip Pullella)
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