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Pope says farewell to clergy in Rome, says he will keep low profile

VATICAN CITY — Saying he would soon be ‘‘hidden to the world,’’ Pope Benedict XVI took his leave of parish priests and clergy of the Diocese of Rome on Thursday in a moving encounter during which he gave a personal, and incisive, recollection of the Second Vatican Council, the gathering of bishops 50 years ago that set the ­Roman Catholic Church’s course for the future.

Benedict, who announced his resignation four days ago — the first pope to step down willingly in nearly 600 years — also indicated he would not hold a public role once his resignation becomes official Feb. 28.

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