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15:15 UK time, Tuesday, 12 February 2013

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

You'll have seen the jokes circulating on social media.

The one about what the Pope has for breakfast, for instance. Ex-Benedict, boom boom! Or the cartoon of the Vatican topped with the incredulous speech bubble: "He's giving up WHAT for Lent?!"

So how have the redtops handled the Pope's shock resignation? The Daily Mirror starts off playing it with a straight bat - "I'M TOO SICK TO GO ON" - before adding "ILL PAPA" on an inside page.

Perhaps inspired by the aforementioned gags, the Sun's headline choice is typically waggish: "RATZ ALL, FOLKS!"

And the Independent opts for a headline so detailed there's no need to read any of the accompanying pages of analysis:

Frail Benedict XVI becomes the first pope to resign for nearly 600 years - and plunges his Church into turmoil"

And The Times gets down to the serious business of assessing his wardrobe, headlined "Let the Devil wear Prada - the man in the Vatican was dressed by Christ".

Interest in Benedict XVI's sartorial choices began when he sported a snazzy pair of red slipper-style shoes - widely believed to be vintage Prada - a year after his election... he clearly enjoys even more flamboyant headgear than his predecessor, using taller mitres and reviving the festive, Father Christmas-style Camauro red wool cap with white fur trim that had not been worn in public since 1963.

This is, after all, a man named as Esquire magazine's Accessoriser of 2007. Which is some achievement.

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