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What Benedict keeps, leaves behind as he abdicates position

What Benedict leaves behind

Fisherman’s ring ­— The ring Benedict uses to officially seal documents to ensure authenticity will be destroyed using a special silver hammer. “This is to make sure no one will forge a document in the pope’s name after the pope dies,” Maureen Tilley, a theology professor at Fordham University, told the New York Daily News.

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