Benedict 'to have no influence on who succeeds him'

The Vatican has insisted that Pope Benedict XVI will have no influence on who succeeds him as leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

One of the Cardinals tipped as favourite to become the next Pope, Cardinal Peter Turkson, said he was not aspiring towards the role. Europe Editor James Mates reports.

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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."