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Pope Benedict XVI leaves Prague after a three-day visit

Pope Benedict XVI left Prague on Monday afternoon after a three-day visit in Czech Republic. He hailed the fall of communism in eastern Europe on Saturday, shortly before the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.

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AFP - Pope Benedict XVI ended his three-day visit to the Czech Republic and left Prague for Rome on Monday afternoon, an AFP journalist said.

"I am convinced that the visit was a great success," Czech President Vaclav Klaus, who invited the 82-year-old pontiff together with Czech bishops, told reporters at the Prague airport.

The pope visited the country shortly before the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, a peaceful coup that toppled Communist rule in former Czechoslovakia in 1989.

He hailed the fall of communism in eastern Europe on Saturday as he arrived in largely secular Prague for his second visit to eastern Europe.

The visit included two huge open-air masses, one in the southeastern city of Brno and the other in Stara Boleslav near Prague, where St Wenceslas was murdered in 935.

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