Pope Benedict XVI Holds His Final General Audience Before His Retirement

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Pope Benedict XVI kisses a child lifted up by the Pontiff's personal... News PhotoAudience,Bestof,Blessing,Catholicism,Child,Georg Gaenswein,Horizontal,International Landmark,Kissing,Leaving,Pope,Pope Benedict XVI,Religion,Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI,Spirituality,St. Peter's Square,State of the Vatican City,Topics,Topix,Vatican,Waist UpPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesVATICAN CITY, VATICAN - FEBRUARY 27: Pope Benedict XVI kisses a child lifted up by the Pontiff's personal secretary Georg Ganswein, as he leaves St. Peter's Square at the end of his final general audience on February 27, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The Pontiff attended his last weekly public audience before stepping down tomorrow. 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 Franco Origlia/Getty Images)