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Benedict XVI to move to Vatican apartment on Thursday

File photo: Reuters

File photo: Reuters

Retired Pope Benedict XVI is to move into his new retirement home in the Vatican gardens on Thursday.

The 86-year-old emeritus pontiff has been living at the papal residence in Castel Gandolfo, in the hills south of Rome, since he resigned on February 28.

A Vatican spokesman said that Benedict will live on the ground floor of the monastery inside the gardens that has been renovated for his use. A small staff will join him.

Pope Benedict looked frail on March 23 - the last time he was seen by the public - when Pope Francis travelled to Castel Gandolfo to greet his predecessor. The Vatican has insisted Benedict is not suffering from any specific medical condition but is just old and tired.

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