Pope Benedict XVI’s Last Days As Pontiff

Pope Benedict XVI Holds His Final General Audience Before His Retirement
Pope Benedict XVI Holds His Final General Audience Before His Retirement
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - FEBRUARY 27: Pope Benedict XVI takes his seat on the dias in St Peter's Square for his weekly public audience on February 27, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The Pontiff has attended his last weekly public audience before stepping down tomorrow. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He cites ailing health as his reason for retirement and will spend the rest of his life in solitude away from public engagements. (Credit: Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Pope Benedict XVI Holds His Final General Audience Before His Retirement
Pope Benedict XVI Holds His Final General Audience Before His Retirement
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - FEBRUARY 27: The faithful fill St Peter's Square as Pope Benedict XVI attends his last public audience on February 27, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The Pontiff has attended his last weekly public audience before stepping down tomorrow. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He cites ailing health as his reason for retirement and will spend the rest of his life in solitude away from public engagements. (Credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Pope Benedict XVI Holds His Final General Audience Before His Retirement
Pope Benedict XVI Holds His Final General Audience Before His Retirement
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - FEBRUARY 27: The faithful fill St Peter's Square as Pope Benedict XVI attends his last public audience on February 27, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The Pontiff has attended his last weekly public audience before stepping down tomorrow. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He cites ailing health as his reason for retirement and will spend the rest of his life in solitude away from public engagements. (Credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Pope Benedict XVI Holds His Final General Audience Before His Retirement
Pope Benedict XVI Holds His Final General Audience Before His Retirement
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - FEBRUARY 27: ÊPope Benedict XVI stays in the papamobile when he drive through the crowd in St Peter's Square on February 27, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican.Ê The Pontiff will hold his last weekly public audience later before he abdicates tomorrow. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He cites ailing health as his reason for retirement and will spend the rest of his life in solitude away from public engagements. (Credit: Carsten Koall/Getty Images)
Pope Benedict XVI Holds His Final General Audience Before His Retirement
Pope Benedict XVI Holds His Final General Audience Before His Retirement
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - FEBRUARY 27: Pope Benedict XVI kisses a child as he arrives in St Peter's Square for his final general audience on February 27, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The Pontiff attended his last weekly public audience before stepping down tomorrow. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He cites ailing health as his reason for retirement and will spend the rest of his life in solitude away from public engagements. (Credit: Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
Pope Benedict XVI Holds His Final General Audience Before His Retirement
Pope Benedict XVI Holds His Final General Audience Before His Retirement
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - FEBRUARY 27: Pilgrims watch a giant TV screen as they attend Pope Benedict XVI's final general audience in St Peter's Square before his retirement on February 27, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The Pontiff has held his last weekly public audience before stepping down tomorrow. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He cites ailing health as his reason for retirement and will spend the rest of his life in solitude away from public engagements. (Credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Pope Benedict XVI Holds His Final General Audience Before His Retirement
Pope Benedict XVI Holds His Final General Audience Before His Retirement
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - FEBRUARY 27: Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Squareduring his final general audience on February 27, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The Pontiff attended his last weekly public audience before stepping down tomorrow. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He cites ailing health as his reason for retirement and will spend the rest of his life in solitude away from public engagements. (Credit: Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
Pope Benedict XVI Holds His Final General Audience Before His Retirement
Pope Benedict XVI Holds His Final General Audience Before His Retirement
ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 27: In this photo illustration a Blackberry mobile phone displays Pope Benedict's last Papal Tweet on February 27, 2013 in Rome, Italy. The Pontiff has attended his last weekly public audience before stepping down tomorrow. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He cites ailing health as his reason for retirement and will spend the rest of his life in solitude away from public engagements. (Credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Pope Benedict XVI Holds His Final General Audience Before His Retirement
Pope Benedict XVI Holds His Final General Audience Before His Retirement
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - FEBRUARY 27: A woman cries during the ceremony of Pope Benedict XV in St Peter's Square on February 27, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The Pontiff will hold his last weekly public audience later before he abdicates tomorrow. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He cites ailing health as his reason for retirement and will spend the rest of his life in solitude away from public engagements. (Credit: Carsten Koall/Getty Images)
Pope Benedict XVI Holds His Final General Audience Before His Retirement
Pope Benedict XVI Holds His Final General Audience Before His Retirement
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - FEBRUARY 27: A womans films using an iPad during the ceremony of Pope Benedict XV in St Peter's Square on February 27, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican.The Pontiff will hold his last weekly public audience later before he abdicates tomorrow. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He cites ailing health as his reason for retirement and will spend the rest of his life in solitude away from public engagements. (Credit: Carsten Koall/Getty Images)
Pope Benedict XVI Holds His Final General Audience Before His Retirement
Pope Benedict XVI Holds His Final General Audience Before His Retirement
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - FEBRUARY 27: Pilgrims and clergy members hold a candle-lit vigil in Saint Peter's Square, facing Pope Benedict XVI's private apartment, after his final weekly public audience on February 27, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The Pontiff has attended his last weekly public audience before stepping down tomorrow. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He cites ailing health as his reason for retirement and will spend the rest of his life in solitude away from public engagements. (Credit: Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Pope Benedict XVI Holds His Final General Audience Before His Retirement
Pope Benedict XVI Holds His Final General Audience Before His Retirement
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - FEBRUARY 27: Pilgrims and clergy hold a candle-lit vigil in Saint Peter's Square, facing Pope Benedict XVI's private apartment, after his final weekly public audience on February 27, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The Pontiff has attended his last weekly public audience before stepping down tomorrow. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He cites ailing health as his reason for retirement and will spend the rest of his life in solitude away from public engagements. (Credit: Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Pope Benedict XVI Holds His Final General Audience Before His Retirement
Pope Benedict XVI Holds His Final General Audience Before His Retirement
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - FEBRUARY 27: Pilgrims and clergy hold a candle-lit vigil in Saint Peter's Square, facing Pope Benedict XVI's private apartment, after his final weekly public audience on February 27, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The Pontiff has attended his last weekly public audience before stepping down tomorrow. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He cites ailing health as his reason for retirement and will spend the rest of his life in solitude away from public engagements. (Credit: Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Pope Benedict XVI Holds His Final General Audience Before His Retirement
Pope Benedict XVI Holds His Final General Audience Before His Retirement
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - FEBRUARY 27: Posters wish Pope Benedict XVI farewell after giving his final general audience in St Peter's Square before his retirement on February 27, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The Pontiff has held his last weekly public audience before stepping down tomorrow. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He cites ailing health as his reason for retirement and will spend the rest of his life in solitude away from public engagements. (Credit: Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 28:  A helicopter carrying Pope Benedict XVI passes St Peter's Basilica as he leaves Vatican City on February 28, 2013 in Rome, Italy. The Pontiff is flying to Castel Gandolfo where he will cease to be Pope at 8:00pm local time. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He will stay at the Papal Summer residence of Castel Gandolfo until renovations are complete at a monastery in the grounds of the Vatican and will be known as  Roman pontiff emeritus or pope emeritus.  (Credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 28: A helicopter carrying Pope Benedict XVI passes St Peter's Basilica as he leaves Vatican City on February 28, 2013 in Rome, Italy. The Pontiff is flying to Castel Gandolfo where he will cease to be Pope at 8:00pm local time. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He will stay at the Papal Summer residence of Castel Gandolfo until renovations are complete at a monastery in the grounds of the Vatican and will be known as Roman pontiff emeritus or pope emeritus. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 28: A helicopter carrying Pope Benedict XVI passes St Peter's Basilica as he leaves Vatican City on February 28, 2013 in Rome, Italy. The Pontiff is flying to Castel Gandolfo where he will cease to be Pope at 8:00pm local time. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He will stay at the Papal Summer residence of Castel Gandolfo until renovations are complete at a monastery in the grounds of the Vatican and will be known as Roman pontiff emeritus or pope emeritus. (Credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 28: People crowd the gallery on top of St Peter's Basilica as a helicopter carrying Pope Benedict XVI passes by on its way out of Vatican City on February 28, 2013 in Rome, Italy. The Pontiff is flying to Castel Gandolfo where he will cease to be Pope at 8:00pm local time. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He will stay at the Papal Summer residence of Castel Gandolfo until renovations are complete at a monastery in the grounds of the Vatican and will be known as Roman pontiff emeritus or pope emeritus. (Credit: Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images)
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 28: People wait for a helicopter carrying Pope Benedict XVI to leave Vatican City on February 28, 2013 in Rome, Italy. The Pontiff is flying to Castel Gandolfo where he will cease to be Pope at 8:00pm local time. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He will stay at the Papal Summer residence of Castel Gandolfo until renovations are complete at a monastery in the grounds of the Vatican and will be known as Roman pontiff emeritus or pope emeritus. (Credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
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The helicopter with Pope Benedict XVI aboard flies past St Peter's square at the Vatican on February 28, 2013 in Rome. Pope Benedict XVI boarded a helicopter to fly to the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo outside Rome, where he will stay until his powers formally expire at 1900 GMT. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Credit:ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)
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Pope Benedict XVI waves to faithful from a balcony upon arrival in Castel Gandolfo on February 28, 2013. Once he steps down later in the day, Pope Benedict XVI will begin his retirement in the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, a sumptuous villa outside Rome with ornamental gardens, breathtaking views and its own farm. AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)
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