Gallery: Pope bids farewell to pilgrims

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  1. Pope Benedict XVI is driven through the crowd as he arrives for his last general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Tens of thousands of people toting banners saying "Thank you!" jammed St. Peter's Square on Wednesday to bid farewell ...
  2. Pope Benedict XVI waves from his Popemobile as he rides through a packed Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican during his last general audience, February 27, 2013. The weekly event which would normally be held in a vast auditorium in winter, but has been moved outdoors to ...
  3. Pope Benedict XVI greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Pope Benedict XVI greeted the Catholic masses in St. Peter's Square Wednesday for the last time before retiring, making several rounds of the square as crowds cheered wildly ...
  4. Pope Benedict XVI appears on a giant screen in a packed Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican during his last general audience, February 27, 2013. The weekly event which would normally be held in a vast auditorium in winter, but has been moved outdoors to St. Peter's Squar ...
  5. A general view of a packed Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican where Pope Benedict XVI holds his last general audience, February 27, 2013. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
  6. Pope Benedict XVI holds his last general audience in St Peter's Square at the Vatican February 27, 2013. The pope has two days left before he takes the historic step of becoming the first pontiff in some six centuries to step down instead of ruling for life. REUTERS/Ales ...
  7. The crowd listens to Pope Benedict XVI in St Peter's Square during his last general audience at the Vatican February 27, 2013. The weekly event which would normally be held in a vast auditorium in winter, but has been moved outdoors to St. Peter's Square so more people c ...
  8. People crowd St. Peter's Square where Pope Benedict XVI is celebrating his last general audience, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Benedict XVI has recalled moments of "joy and light" during his papacy but also times of great difficulty in an emotional, final g ...
  9. 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 February 27, 2013. REUTERS/Max Rossi
  10. Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful after holding his last general audience at the Vatican February 27, 2013. REUTERS/Max Rossi
  11. Pope Benedict XVI. File photo: Reuters
  12. Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful after arriving in St Peter's Square to hold his last general audience at the Vatican February 27, 2013. The pope has two days left before he takes the historic step of becoming the first pontiff in some six centuries to step down i ...
  13. Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful as he arrives in St Peter's Square to hold his last general audience at the Vatican February 27, 2013. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
 

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