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In this March 23 file photo provided by the Vatican paper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis, right, and Pope emeritus Benedict XVI meet in Castel Gandolfo. Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi said Tuesday April 30, 2013 that retired Pope Benedict XVI is moving into his new retirement home in the Vatican gardens on Thursday. Benedict has been living at the papal residence in Castel Gandolfo, in the hills south of Rome, ever since he resigned on Feb. 28 (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano, HO)

Benedict XVI returns to Vatican for first time

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VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI came home to the Vatican on Thursday for the first time since he resigned Feb. 28, beginning an unprecedented era for the Catholic Church of having a retired pontiff living alongside a reigning one.

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By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press

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