US cardinal 'startled' and 'sombre' over Pope's decision

The Archbishop of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan told NBC he was "startled" by the pontiff's resignation and spoke of his "special bond" with Pope Benedict XVI.

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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."