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Vatican: Pope Benedict No Role Selecting Successor

9:22 AM, Feb 12, 2013   |    comments
Most Reverend Peter J. Jugis, Bishop of Charlotte with Pope Benedict XVI in May of 2012 during Bishop Jugis' Ad limina visit to Rome.
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Vatican City -- A Vatican spokesman says the resigning Pope Benedict XVI will play no role in election of his successor.

The Rev. Federico Lombardi said Tuesday that "the pope will surely say absolutely nothing about the process of the election."

"He will not interfere in any way," Lombardi told reporters at a Vatican briefing.

Benedict announced his resignation Monday, citing frail health. On Feb. 28, he will become the first pontiff to step down in nearly 600 years.

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