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Pope urges end to hypocrisy at final mass

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Pope Benedict XVI urged an end to "religious hypocrisy" and "rivalry" in the Catholic Church as he donned his papal mitre for the last time at an emotional mass in St Peter's Basilica on Wednesday. 

Pope Benedict XVI leads a mass for Ash Wednesday, opening Lent, the forty-day period of abstinence ahead of Easter at St Peter's basilica at the Vatican on February 13, 2013.

Wearing the purple robes of Lent -- a period of penitence for Christians before Easter -- the pontiff was conveyed through the basilica's vast nave on a mobile platform because of his growing infirmity.

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