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In emotional sendoff, pope recalls joys, difficulties

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI bid an emotional farewell Wednesday on the eve of his retirement, recalling moments of ‘‘joy and light’’ during his papacy, but also times of difficulty when ‘‘it seemed like the Lord was sleeping.’’

Some 150,000 people, many waving banners proclaiming ‘‘Grazie!’’ flooded St. Peter’s Square, eager to bear witness to the final hours of a papacy that will go down in history as the first in 600 years to end in resignation rather than death.

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