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

16284372121 Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office

ROME, ITALY – FEBRUARY 28: Pope Benedict XVI delivers his blessing 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 Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

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