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Pope thankful for 'prayers'

The Pope has made his first appearance at St Peter's Square window since his resignation announcement and thanked the faithful for their "prayers and support."

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UN chief expresses appreciation over Pope's legacy

Pope Benedict XVI (L) poses with United Nations Secretary General Ban-Ki-Moon at the U.N. headquarters in New York April 18, 2008. Credit: Reuters/Lucas Jackson

The United Nations Secretary-General has responded to Pope Benedict XVI's decision to step down from his position today. In a statement, Ban Ki-Moon's spokesperson said:

"The Secretary-General expresses his appreciation for the profound commitment of Pope Benedict to inter-faith dialogue and to addressing such global challenges as the alleviation of poverty and hunger, as well as the promotion of human rights and peace.

"He hopes that the wisdom demonstrated during his Pontificate may stand as a legacy on which to build further dialogue and tolerance."

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