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Pope: I Will Be ‘Hidden To The World’

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Pope Benedict XVI attends a meeting with parish priests of Rome's diocese at the Paul VI Hall on Feb. 14, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. (credit: Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Pope Benedict XVI attends a meeting with parish priests of Rome’s diocese at the Paul VI Hall on Feb. 14, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. (credit: Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Pope Benedict XVI tells Rome’s parish priests that he will be living in an isolated world once he steps down later this month.

CBS News reports that the pope told the gathering of priests that he will be “hidden to the world.”

The pope also railed against the media during his 45-minute speech, blaming botched reporting of the Vatican council’s deliberations for having reduced the work to “political power struggles between various currents in the church,” according to The Associated Press.

Benedict said he hopes the “true council” will be understood.

The pope’s latest comments come after the Vatican confirmed a report that the pope hit his head during a trip to Mexico last year, but denied it played any “relevant” part in his decision to resign.

Benedict will be stepping down as pontiff on Feb. 28, becoming the first pope in nearly 600 years to resign.

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