BALCONY DOORS OPEN

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Associated Press

Posted on February 28, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 28 at 8:00 AM

Just minutes ago, the balcony doors swung open at the papal palace overlooking the main square in Castel Gandolfo, where Pope Benedict XVI will say the last public words of his papacy.

Two aides came out and draped a crimson banner emblazoned with the papal seal off the balcony's railing.

The first signs of movement inside the palace set off a round of cheering from the few hundred people jamming the tiny square.

— Frances D'Emilio — Twitter http://twitter.com/fdemilio

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