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Friday 29 August 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. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
 Thousands gather in St Peter's Square as Pope Benedict XVI attends his last weekly audience on February 27, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
 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. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
 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. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
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. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
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. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

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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