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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 for an emotional mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesday. 

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leaves after celebrating Mass on February 13, 2013 at St Peter's basilica at the Vatican. 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.

The 85-year-old pope was hailed with a standing ovation and waves of applause from a congregation of thousands where many broke down in tears, as cardinals doffed their mitres in a final gesture of respect.

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