The party for the world's most prominent soon-to-be retiree began today when Pope Benedict XVI hosted his final audience as pontiff in St. Peter's Square.
More than 50,000 tickets were requested for the event, according to the Vatican, while the city of Rome planned for 250,000 people to flood the streets.
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With his belongings packed up, Pope Benedict XVI will spend the night, his final one as pope, in the Apostolic Palace.
The pontiff, 85, who...Full Story