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February 12, 2013

Retiring Pope Benedict XVI in uncharted territory

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VATICAN CITY —

Benedict has visited the monastery, with its own chapel on the grounds, a handful of times over the years.

There's a garden right outside the front door, where the nuns living there would tend to the lemon and orange trees as well as the roses, which are used in liturgical ceremonies or sent as gifts to the pope. No chemical fertilizers are used, just organic fertilizer sent straight from the gardens at Castel Gandolfo.

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Trisha Thomas and Victor L. Simpson in Rome contributed.

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