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

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A souvenir plate bearing the image of Pope Benedict XVI for sale in... News PhotoCastel Gandolfo,For Sale,Horizontal,Image,Italy,Pope,Pope Benedict XVI,Religion,Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI,Retirement,Souvenir,SpiritualityPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesCASTEL GANDOLFO, ITALY - FEBRUARY 28: A souvenir plate bearing the image of Pope Benedict XVI for sale in Castel Gandolfo where he will start his retirement today on February 28, 2013 in Castel Gandolfo, Italy. 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 Emeritus Pope. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)