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Pope Benedict steps down

Pope Benedict XVI walks away after addressing the crowd from the window of the Pope's summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, the scenic town where he will spend his first post-Vatican days and make his last public blessing as pope,Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Andrew Medichini
A man holds the Vatican flag as he waits for Pope Benedict XVI to greet the crowd at the Pope's summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, the scenic town where he will spend his first post-Vatican days and make his last public blessing as pope, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
Oded Balilty
A police officer faces a wall as people wait for Vatican Swiss guards to close the main door of the papal residence in Castel Gandolfo, south of Rome, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. Benedict XVI greeted the faithful for the last time as pope on Thursday, telling tearful well-wishers that he is beginning the final stage of his life as "simply a pilgrim," hours before he becomes the first pontiff in 600 years to resign. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
Oded Balilty
In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Vatican personnel seal the apartment of Pope Benedict XVI after he left the Vatican, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. Benedict XVI became the first pope in 600 years to resign Thursday, ending an eight-year pontificate shaped by struggles to move the church past sex abuse scandals and to reawaken Christianity in an indifferent world. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)
L'Osservatore Romano
Craig Medred