Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office

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A banner bearing the Papal Seal is unfurled before Pope Benedict XVI... News PhotoBanner - Sign,Castel Gandolfo,Catholicism,Horizontal,Italy,Last Occurrence,Pilgrimage,Pope,Pope Benedict XVI,Religion,Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI,Retirement,Spirituality,Waving,WindowPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesCASTEL GANDOLFO, ITALY - FEBRUARY 28: A banner bearing the Papal Seal is unfurled before Pope Benedict XVI waves to pilgrims, for the last time as head of the Catholic Church, from the window of Castel Gandolfo where he will start his retirement today on February 28, 2013 in Castel Gandolfo, Italy. 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 Emeritus Pope. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)