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Pope Benedict defends his retirement

VATICAN (Agencies): Retired Pope Benedict XVI has expressed displeasure with the way Cardinal Walter Brandmuller of Germany, former president of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences, publicly criticised his stepping down as pontiff, and he also defended taking the title pope emeritus.
In two private letters, the retired pope defended the way he handled his resignation and warned the cardinal of the negative impact his public comments could have, CNS reported.

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