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Video: Benedict leaves Vatican on final day as pope

Photos: Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict, leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, will resign on Feb 28, 2013, becoming the first pontiff since the Middle Ages to take such a step. Benedict, who is 85, was elected to the papacy on April 19, 2005 when he was 78.

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The faithful gather as they wait for Pope Benedict XVI to appear for the last time at the balcony of his summer residence in Castelgandolfo


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