The Pope Attends His Final Angelus Prayers Before His Retirement

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Blowing water from fountain on February 24, 2013 in Vatican City,... News PhotoBlowing,Horizontal,International Landmark,Religion,Spirituality,State of the Vatican City,Vatican,WaterPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesBlowing water from fountain on February 24, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI delivers his last Angelus Blessing from the window of his private apartment to thousands of pilgrims gathered in Saint Peter's Square on February 24, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The Pontiff will hold his last weekly public audience on February 27, 2013 before he retires the following day. 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. (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)