Pope Benedict XVI


Contessina, one of Pope Benedict XVI's cats poses for a photographer... News PhotoHorizontal,International Landmark,Photographer,Pope,Pope Benedict XVI,Portrait,Religion,Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI,State of the Vatican City,VaticanPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPContessina, one of Pope Benedict XVI's cats poses for a photographer inside the Vatican City State on February 19, 2013. Pope Benedict XVI will be hosted in the convent of Mater Ecclesiae (Mother of the Church) offering him a substantial four-story modern home complete with contemporary chapel, garden and a roof terrace looking out from a rise dominated by the Holy See's TV transmission tower. Pope Benedict XVI began a week-long spiritual retreat out of the public eye on Monday ahead of his resignation on February 28 with the field of candidates to succeed him still wide open. AFP PHOTO/ Filippo MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)