The Vatican Prepares For The Departure Of Pope Benedict XVI

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The colonnade at the edge of Saint Peter's Square ahead of Pope... News PhotoAt The Edge Of,Audience,Colonnade,International Landmark,Pope,Pope Benedict XVI,Religion,Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI,Spirituality,St Peter's Square,State of the Vatican City,Vatican City,VerticalPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesVATICAN CITY, VATICAN - FEBRUARY 26: The colonnade at the edge of Saint Peter's Square ahead of Pope Benedict XVI's last public audience on February 26, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The Pontiff will hold his last weekly public audience on February 27, 2013 before he retires the following day. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He cites ailing health as his reason for retirement and will spend the rest of his life in solitude away from public engagements. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)