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Pope Benedict Holds Final Audience

Pope Benedict XVI has held his final audience as head of the Roman Catholic Church, before stepping down from his post on Thursday.
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Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful after arriving in St Peter's Square to hold his last general audience at the Vatican Feb. 27, 2013.
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Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful after arriving in St Peter's Square to hold his last general audience at the Vatican Feb. 27, 2013.

Pope Benedict XVI blesses a baby as he rides around St Peter's Square to hold his last general audience at the Vatican Feb. 27, 2013.
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Pope Benedict XVI blesses a baby as he rides around St Peter's Square to hold his last general audience at the Vatican Feb. 27, 2013.

The crowd listens to Pope Benedict XVI in St Peter's Square during his last general audience at the Vatican Feb. 27, 2013.
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The crowd listens to Pope Benedict XVI in St Peter's Square during his last general audience at the Vatican Feb. 27, 2013.

Pope Benedict XVI holds his last general audience in St Peter's Square at the Vatican Feb. 27, 2013.
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Pope Benedict XVI holds his last general audience in St Peter's Square at the Vatican Feb. 27, 2013.

German Cardinal Reinhard Marx speaks with the faithful in a packed Saint Peter's Square where Pope Benedict XVI holds his last general audience, at the Vatican Feb. 27, 2013.
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German Cardinal Reinhard Marx speaks with the faithful in a packed Saint Peter's Square where Pope Benedict XVI holds his last general audience, at the Vatican Feb. 27, 2013.

A nun waits in a packed Saint Peter's Square where Pope Benedict XVI holds his last general audience, at the Vatican Feb. 27, 2013.
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A nun waits in a packed Saint Peter's Square where Pope Benedict XVI holds his last general audience, at the Vatican Feb. 27, 2013.

Nuns from Brazil wait for the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI to hold his last general audience at St Peter's Square at the Vatican Feb. 27, 2013.
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Nuns from Brazil wait for the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI to hold his last general audience at St Peter's Square at the Vatican Feb. 27, 2013.

A sign reading "Thank you, Pope" in French is seen in St Peter's Square as Pope Benedict XVI holds his last general audience at the Vatican Feb. 27, 2013.
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A sign reading "Thank you, Pope" in French is seen in St Peter's Square as Pope Benedict XVI holds his last general audience at the Vatican Feb. 27, 2013.

A sign reading "Thank you" in Italian is held in St Peter's Square as Pope Benedict XVI holds his last general audience at the Vatican Feb. 27, 2013.
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A sign reading "Thank you" in Italian is held in St Peter's Square as Pope Benedict XVI holds his last general audience at the Vatican Feb. 27, 2013.

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