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Posted: Feb 28, 2013 9:32 AM

Benedict is on permanent record as a fan of Castel Gandolfo.

A plaque on the main square in his name praises his view of the lake and "the good people" of the town of 8,500. Three hours before his arrival by helicopter, some 100 of them were awaiting him in the little cobblestone square outside the brown wooden doors of the residence where he will stay once his papacy ends.

A greeting was spelled out in silver letter-shaped balloons: "Thanks Benedict, all of us are with you." It was strung up between the second and third floors of an apartment building whose ground floor is home to the town's tiny post office and across the square from a coffee bar — where local were sipping espresso to get a caffeine jolt for the wait.

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