Thousands jam St. Peter’s for Pope

Thousands jam St. Peter’s for Pope

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VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - FEBRUARY 27: Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful as he arrives in St Peter's Square in the Popemobile on February 27, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The Pontiff has 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 Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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KMOV

Posted on February 27, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 27 at 2:44 PM

VATICAN CITY, VATICAN --  Pope Benedict XVI waved to the faithful as he arrived in St Peter's Square in the Popemobile on February 27, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. 

The Pontiff has attended his last weekly public audience before stepping down. 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.

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