Pope Benedict XVI Retires

Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - FEBRUARY 28: Pope Benedict XVI attends a meeting with his cardinals during a farewell ceremony in the Clementine Hall of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace on February 28, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI will acquire the title 'Pope Emeritus' as he retires the pontificate today, and will travel to a papal retreat at Castel Gandolfo, near Rome (Photo by L'Osservatore Romano - Vatican Pool via Getty Images)
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - FEBRUARY 28: Pope Benedict XVI attends a meeting with his cardinals during a farewell ceremony in the Clementine Hall of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace on February 28, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI will acquire the title 'Pope Emeritus' as he retires the pontificate today, and will travel to a papal retreat at Castel Gandolfo, near Rome (Photo by L'Osservatore Romano - Vatican Pool via Getty Images)
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - FEBRUARY 28: Pope Benedict XVI attends a meeting with his cardinals during a farewell ceremony in the Clementine Hall of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace on February 28, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI will acquire the title 'Pope Emeritus' as he retires the pontificate today, and will travel to a papal retreat at Castel Gandolfo, near Rome (Photo by L'Osservatore Romano - Vatican Pool via Getty Images)
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - FEBRUARY 28: Pope Benedict XVI attends a meeting with his cardinals during a farewell ceremony in the Clementine Hall of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace on February 28, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI will acquire the title 'Pope Emeritus' as he retires the pontificate today, and will travel to a papal retreat at Castel Gandolfo, near Rome (Photo by L'Osservatore Romano - Vatican Pool via Getty Images)
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - FEBRUARY 28: Pope Benedict XVI speaks to his cardinals during a farewell ceremony in the Clementine Hall of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace on February 28, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI will acquire the title 'Pope Emeritus' as he retires the pontificate today, and will travel to a papal retreat at Castel Gandolfo, near Rome (Photo by L'Osservatore Romano - Vatican Pool via Getty Images)Alternate crop of #162827424
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - FEBRUARY 28: Pope Benedict XVI attends a meeting with his cardinals during a farewell ceremony in the Clementine Hall of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace on February 28, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI will acquire the title 'Pope Emeritus' as he retires the pontificate today, and will travel to a papal retreat at Castel Gandolfo, near Rome (Photo by L'Osservatore Romano - Vatican Pool via Getty Images)
Pope Benedict XVI attends a meeting with his cardinals during a farewell ceremony in the Clementine Hall of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace on February 28, 2013 in Vatican City. (Photo by L'Osservatore Romano - Vatican Pool via Getty Images)
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - FEBRUARY 28: Pope Benedict XVI attends a meeting with his cardinals during a farewell ceremony in the Clementine Hall of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace on February 28, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI will acquire the title 'Pope Emeritus' as he retires the pontificate today, and will travel to a papal retreat at Castel Gandolfo, near Rome (Photo by L'Osservatore Romano - Vatican Pool via Getty Images)
Pope Benedict XVI attends a meeting with his cardinals during a farewell ceremony in the Clementine Hall of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace on February 28, 2013 in Vatican City. (Photo by L'Osservatore Romano - Vatican Pool via Getty Images)
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 28: Pope Benedict XVI waves to pilgrims, for the last time as head of the Catholic Church, from the window of Castel Gandolfo where he will start his retirement today on February 28, 2013 in Rome, 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 Roman Pope Emeritus. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 28: Pope Benedict XVI blesses pilgrims, for the last time as head of the Catholic Church, from the window of Castel Gandolfo where he will start his retirement today on February 28, 2013 in Rome, 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 Roman Pope Emeritus. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 28: Pope Benedict XVI waves to pilgrims, for the last time as head of the Catholic Church, from the window of Castel Gandolfo where he will start his retirement today on February 28, 2013 in Rome, 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 Roman Pope Emeritus. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 28: Pope Benedict XVI walks away for the last time as head of the Catholic Church, from the window of Castel Gandolfo where he will start his retirement today on February 28, 2013 in Rome, 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 Roman Pope Emeritus. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 28: Pope Benedict XVI walks away for the last time as head of the Catholic Church, from the window of Castel Gandolfo where he will start his retirement today on February 28, 2013 in Rome, 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 Roman Pope Emeritus. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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The helicopter with Pope Benedict XVI aboard flies past St Peter?s square at the Vatican on February 28, 2013 in Rome. Pope Benedict XVI boarded a helicopter to fly to the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo outside Rome, where he will stay until his powers formally expire at 1900 GMT. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI,ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 28: A helicopter carrying Pope Benedict XVI lifts off from Vatican City on February 28, 2013 in Rome, Italy. The Pontiff is flying to Castel Gandolfo where he will cease to be Pope at 8:00pm local time. 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)
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 28: People crowd the gallery on top of St Peter's Basilica as a helicopter carrying Pope Benedict XVI passes by on its way out of Vatican City on February 28, 2013 in Rome, Italy. The Pontiff is flying to Castel Gandolfo where he will cease to be Pope at 8:00pm local time. 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)
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 28: The helicopter carrying Pope Benedict XVI passes over the sky on its way out of Vatican City on February 28, 2013 in Rome, Italy. The Pontiff is flying to Castel Gandolfo where he will cease to be Pope at 8:00pm local time. 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 Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images)
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 28: People crowd the gallery on top of St Peter's Basilica as a helicopter carrying Pope Benedict XVI passes by on its way out of Vatican City on February 28, 2013 in Rome, Italy. The Pontiff is flying to Castel Gandolfo where he will cease to be Pope at 8:00pm local time. 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)
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 28: People wait for a helicopter carrying Pope Benedict XVI to leave Vatican City on February 28, 2013 in Rome, Italy. The Pontiff is flying to Castel Gandolfo where he will cease to be Pope at 8:00pm local time. 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)
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 28: People wave from a rooftop as a helicopter carrying Pope Benedict XVI passes by on its way out of Vatican City on February 28, 2013 in Rome, Italy. The Pontiff is flying to Castel Gandolfo where he will cease to be Pope at 8:00pm local time. 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 Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images)
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 28: A helicopter carrying Pope Benedict XVI passes over historic central Rome on February 28, 2013 in Rome, Italy. The Pontiff is flying to Castel Gandolfo where he will cease to be Pope at 8:00pm local time. 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)
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office
ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 28: A nun waves her handkerchief as she waits for Pope Benedict XVI to address pilgrims, for the last time as head of the Catholic Church, from the window of Castel Gandolfo where he will start his retirement today on February 28, 2013 in Rome, 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 Roman Pope Emeritus. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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