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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Widdecombe: 'Very surprised' about Pope resignation

Ann Widdecombe, who has just been honoured for her work in politics by Pope Benedict, has told Daybreak that she was "very surprised" to hear Pope Benedict XVI had announced he was resigning.

She added that this could be a "great comfort to the church", as popes can choose to resign should they want, in stead of "struggling on to the end".

There are currently several papal contenders in the running to replace Pope Benedict XVI, but no obvious front-runner has come to light as yet.

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