Pope Benedict XVI began a week-long spiritual retreat out of the public eye on Monday ahead of his resignation on February 28, with the field of candidates to succeed him still wide open.
Pope Benedict XVI leads the Angelus prayer from the window of his appartmnents on February 17, 2013 at the Vatican. The pope has begun a week-long spiritual retreat out of the public eye ahead of his resignation, with the cardinal leading the prayers saying he hoped they would be an "oasis".
Benedict and some of his top cardinals will devote this week to daily prayers in a frescoed private chapel in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican during Lent -- a period of penitence in the Christian calendar before Easter.
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