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Venice patriarch, wildcard pope candidate, praises Benedict


Padua, February 26 - The patriarch of Venice and
wildcard candidate for pope praised Benedict XVI's legacy on
Tuesday in the final days of his papacy.
"He is a man that has served the church through and
through, and who taught us that one does not fill a post but
serve the Church. We all love him very much," said Archbishop
Francesco Moraglia.
He was speaking on the sidelines of a ceremony to march the
start of the academic year at the Triveneto School of Theology.
At just 59 and not yet a cardinal, Moraglia is considered a
dark horse candidate for pope.
But a large number of the prelates who held the office of
Venice patriarch eventually rose to pope, three of whom did so
in the last century: Pius X in 1903, John XXIII in 1958, and
John Paul I in 1978.
On February 11, Benedict shocked the world by announcing he
would step down on February 28, becoming the first pope to do so
in 600 years.
Benedict, 85, blamed his advanced age, leading many of the
faithful to call for a young successor.

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