Pope Benedict XVI Meets the Press

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Pope Benedict blesses the media

Pope Benedict XVI blesses the media at a Vatican ceremony Saturday. Reuters hide caption

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Recognizing the global impact of the media, Pope Benedict XVI becomes the first pontiff to hold a news conference. In a 15-minute gathering, he thanked the press for coverage of Pope John Paul II's death and the conclave which elected Benedict as John Paul's successor.

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