Pope Benedict XVI will address Rome's parish priests on Thursday, talking about his personal experiences as a young church reformer ahead of his stepping down at the end of the month, the Vatican said.
Cardinals look at Pope Benedict XVI during the Ash Wednesday Mass, marking the start of Lent on February 13, 2013 at St Peter's basilica at the Vatican. The pope address a group of parish priests from Rome on Thursday, a day after emotional scenes at his final papal mass in public in St Peter's Basilica before stepping down at the end of the month.
The meeting comes a day after emotional scenes at his final public papal mass in St Peter's Basilica, with observers saying his speech to priests will be akin to a "theological testament", forming part of the 85-year-old's legacy.
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