The Vatican Prepares For The Retirement Of Pope Benedict XVI's Retirement

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Police officers stand guard in front of the illuminated colonnade in... News PhotoColonnade,Guarding,Horizontal,Human Interest,Illuminated,International Landmark,Police Force,Religion,Spirituality,St. Peter's Square,State of the Vatican City,VaticanPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesVATICAN CITY, VATICAN - FEBRUARY 23: Police officers stand guard in front of the illuminated colonnade in Saint Peter's Square on February 23, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI is due to hold his last weekly public audience tomorrow before he retires on Thursday. 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 his retirement due to ailing health and is to spend the rest of his life in solitude away from any public engagements. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)