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  • First Photos of Pope Emeritus at Castel Gandolfo

    The first pictures of the former Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Emeritus Joseph Ratzinger, published by the Italian gossip magazine "Chi," show him strolling through Castel Gandolfo's garden with his personal secretary Monsignor Georg Gaenswein.
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  • Pope Benedict XVI's Final Day

    Pope Benedict XVI waves to faithful from a balcony upon arrival in Castel Gandolfo on February 28, 2013. Once he steps down later in the day, Pope Benedict XVI will begin his retirement in the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, a sumptuous villa outside Rome with ornamental gardens, breathtaking views and its own farm.
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  • Pope Benedict XVI's Final Day

    Pope Benedict XVI waves good-bye as he leaves the Vatican by helicopter, in Vatican City, Feb. 28, 2013.
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  • Pope Benedict XVI's Final Day

    The helicopter with Pope Benedict XVI aboard flies past St Peter's square at the Vatican, Feb. 28, 2013 in Rome.
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  • Pope Benedict XVI to Resign

    Pope Benedict XVI attends a meeting with his cardinals during a farewell ceremony in the Clementine Hall of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace, Feb. 28, 2013, in Vatican City. He will acquire the title "Pope Emeritus" as he retires the pontificate today, and will travel to a papal retreat at Castel Gandolfo, near Rome.
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  • Pope Benedict XVI to Resign

    In this image taken from video, Pope Benedict XVI delivers his final greetings to the assembly of cardinals at the Vatican, Feb. 28, 2013, before his retirement. Benedict urged the cardinals to work in unity and promised his "unconditional reverence and obedience" to his successor.
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  • Pope Benedict XVI to Resign

    Pilgrims and clergy hold a candle-lit vigil in Saint Peter's Square, facing Pope Benedict XVI's private apartment, after his final weekly public audience, Feb. 27, 2013, in Vatican City.
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  • Pope Benedict XVI to Resign

    Pope Benedict XVI travels through the crowd in the popemobile in St. Peter's Square, Feb. 27, 2013, in Vatican City. The pope basked in an emotional send-off at his final general audience in St. Peter's Square, recalling moments of "joy and light" during his papacy but also times of great difficulty.
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  • Pope Benedict XVI to Resign

    Pope Benedict XVI kisses a baby during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Feb. 27, 2013.
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  • Pope Benedict XVI to Resign

    Pope Benedict XVI is seen on a giant screen during his last general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Feb. 27, 2013.
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  • Pope Benedict XVI to Resign

    A view of the crowd in St. Peter's Square during Pope Benedict XVI's last general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Feb. 27, 2013.
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  • Pope Benedict XVI to Resign

    Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful from the Popemobile as he arrives in St Peter's Square, Feb. 27, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The Pontiff has attended his last weekly public audience before stepping down on Feb. 28.
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  • Pope Benedict XVI to Resign

    The faithful fill St Peter's Square as Pope Benedict XVI attends his last public audience, Feb. 27, 2013, in Vatican City, Vatican.
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  • Pope Benedict XVI to Resign

    Pope Benedict XVI gestures to the crowd in St Peter's Square, Feb. 27, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The Pontiff has attended his last weekly public audience before stepping down on Feb. 28, 2013.
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  • Pope Benedict XVI to Resign

    Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leaves in his papamobile at the end of his last weekly audience, Feb. 27, 2013, at St Peter's square at the Vatican.
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  • Pope Benedict XVI to Resign

    A lighting bolt strikes St. Peter's Basilica during a storm in Vatican City on the same day Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation, Feb. 11, 2013.
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  • Pope Benedict XVI Through the Years

    Pope Benedict XVI, right, and Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Dean of the College of Cardinals, hug each other after the pontiff announced during the meeting of Vatican cardinals that he would resign on Feb. 28, at the Vatican, Feb. 11, 2013.
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  • Pope Benedict XVI Through the Years

    Pope Benedict XVI greets the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica moments after being elected, at the Vatican, April 19, 2005. Benedict XVI announced he would resign Feb. 28, the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March.
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  • Pope Benedict XVI Visits Cuba

    Pope Benedict XVI, right, meets with Fidel Castro in Havana, Cuba, March 28, 2012.
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    President Barack Obama, left, and First Lady Michelle Obama exchange gifts with Pope Benedict XVI in his library at the Vatican, July 10, 2009 in Vatican City, Vatican. Obama was meeting with The Pope for the first time as President following the G8 summit in L'Aquila, Italy.
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  • Pope Benedict XVI to Resign

    Pope Benedict XVI visits the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site, in Jerusalem's old city, May 12, 2009. Pope Benedict XVI waded into the heart of the Middle East conflict, calling for the faithful to overcome past discord and reiterating the Church's commitment to reconciliation with Jews.
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  • Pope Benedict XVI to Resign

    Pope Benedict XVI frees a dove upon his arrival at Istanbul's Holy Spirit Cathedral in Istanbul, Dec. 1, 2006. The Pope released four white doves, symbols of peace, into the air outside the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit before celebrating the second and final mass of his busy four-day visit to Turkey.
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  • Pope Benedict XVI Through the Years

    German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, third from left, arrives to celebrate an open air mass in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican City, April 3, 2005, in memory of Pope John Paul II. The 84-year-old pontiff died 02 April 2005, after two months of a debilitating struggle against increasing illness.
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  • Pope Benedict XVI Through the Years

    Pope John Paul II salutes Cardinals Italian Giovanni Battista Re, left, and German Joseph Ratzinger at the Vatican audience hall, Oct. 16, 2003. Cardinals from around the world descended on the Vatican for the biggest gathering of Catholic Church hierarchy in years, beginning several days of celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II's election.
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  • Pope Benedict XVI Through the Years

    Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger talks with Andreas Stadtler, Captain Of The Mountain Riflemens' Company, Feb. 28, 1982.
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  • Pope Benedict XVI to Resign

    Joseph Ratzinger, second from right, is shown with his family, brother Georg, father Josef, sister Maria, and mother Maria on the day of the two brothers' ordination to the priesthood July 8, 1951.
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    Joseph Ratzinger celebrates Mass at a mountain site near the Bavarian town of Ruhpolding, Germany in the summer of 1952.
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  • Pope Benedict XVI Through the Years

    A file photo taken in 1943 during World War II shows Joseph Ratzinger as a German Air Force assistant. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected the 265th pope of the Roman Catholic Church 19 April 2005 at the Vatican City, becoming Pope Benedict XVI.
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