The Vatican Prepares For The Departure Of Pope Benedict XVI

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Father Federico Lombardi, Director of the Holy See Press Office,... News PhotoArrival,Bestof,Father,Giving,Horizontal,Italy,Press Conference,Religion,Rome - Italy,Spirituality,Topics,Topix,Waist UpPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 26: Father Federico Lombardi, Director of the Holy See Press Office, arrives to give a press conference in the Holy See Press Roomn, on February 26, 2013 in Rome, Italy. 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 Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)