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

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

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VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - FEBRUARY 28: A group in St Peter's Square say prayers for Pope Benedict XVI in the moments before he ceased to be Pontiff at 20:00 CET on February 28, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. 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)
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VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - FEBRUARY 28: A group in St Peter's Square say prayers for Pope Benedict XVI in the moments before he ceased to be Pontiff at 20:00 CET on February 28, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. 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)
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