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A view of the Pio XI clinic where Pope Benedict XVI underwent surgery to replace his pacemaker's battery, in Rome, Thursday Feb. 14, 2013. On Thursday, the Vatican's spokesman acknowledged an Italian newspaper report that Benedict  hit his head and bled profusely while visiting Mexico in July. Two days earlier the  spokesman acknowledged that Benedict has had a pacemaker for years _ and underwent a secret operation to replace its battery just three months ago. For an institution devoted to the eternal truth, the Vatican has shown itself to be a master of smokescreens since Pope Benedict XVI's resignation announcement. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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