Sunday 21 December 2014

In Pictures: Pope's last day

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Thousands gather in St Peter's Square as Pope Benedict XVI attends his last weekly audience on February 27, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican.
Thousands gather in St Peter's Square as Pope Benedict XVI attends his last weekly audience on February 27, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican.
Pope Benedict XVI is helped onto the dias by his personal secretary Bishop Georg Gaenswein in St Peter's Square on February 27, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican.
Pope Benedict XVI waves from the altar during his last weekly audience on February 27, 2013 on St Peter's square at the Vatican.
Pope Benedict XVI waves to Bishops (L) and Cardinals (2L) as he arrives in St Peter's Square in the Popemobile on February 27, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican.
Pope Benedict XVI waves from to the altar during his last weekly audience on February 27, 2013 at St Peter's square at the Vatican.
Pope Benedict XVI waves to he faithfull as he arrives in St Peter's Square in the Popemobile on February 27, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican.
Pope Benedict XVI waves from the altar as he arrives on St Peter's square for his last weekly audience on February 27, 2013 at the Vatican.
Pope Benedict XVI delivers a speech during his last weekly audience on February 27, 2013 at St Peter's square at the Vatican.
Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives on St Peter's square for his last weekly audience on February 27, 2013 at the Vatican.
Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives on St Peter's square for his last weekly audience on February 27, 2013 at the Vatican.
Pope Benedict XVI waves to he faithful as he arrives in St Peter's Square on February 27, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican.
Pope Benedict XVI arrives on the altar during his last weekly audience on February 27, 2013 at St Peter's square at the Vatican.
Pope Benedict XVI (R) and secretary Georg Gaenswein greet a baby as he arrives on St Peter's square for his last weekly audience on February 27, 2013 at the Vatican.
Pope Benedict XVI waves from the altar as he arrives on St Peter's square for his last weekly audience on February 27, 2013 at the Vatican.
Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives on St Peter's square for his last weekly audience on February 27, 2013 at the Vatican.
Pope Benedict XVI (R) leads his last weekly audience next to his secretary Georg Gaenswein on February 27, 2013 at St Peter's square at the Vatican.
Pope Benedict XVI's last weekly audience next to his secretary Georg Gaenswein on February 27, 2013 at St Peter's square at the Vatican.
Pope Benedict XVI waves to he faithful as he arrives in St Peter's Square in the Popemobile on February 27, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican.
Pope Benedict XVI waves from his papamobile as he arrives on St Peter's square for his last weekly audience on February 27, 2013 at the Vatican.
A Swiss Guard stands in St Peter's Square ahead of Pope Benedict XVI's final general audience before his retirement on February 27, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican.
Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives on St Peter's square for his last weekly audience on February 27, 2013 at the Vatican.
Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives on St Peter's square for his last weekly audience on February 27, 2013 at the Vatican.
Workmen erect scaffolding in front of the Basilica ahead of Pope Benedict XVI's last public audience on February 26, 2013 in Rome, Italy.
are stacked before being arranged in Saint Peter's Square ahead of Pope Benedict XVI's last public audience on February 26, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican.
A man walks through Saint Peter's Square in the early morning ahead of Pope Benedict XVI's last public audience.
An employee leaves a gift shop near Saint Peter's Square in front of a picture of Pope Benedict XVI, ahead of his last public audience.

Today marked the final day of Pope Benedict XVI's reign before he became the first Roman Catholic pontiff in six centuries to abdicate

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