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Faithful gather in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican during the Easter Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI, Sunday, April 8, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Easter Sunday Mass in sun-drenched, flower-adorned St. Peter's Square, before tens of thousands of people. Easter is Christianity's most joyous day. Faithful celebrate their belief that Christ rose from the dead. At the end of Easter Mass, Benedict will go to the central balcony of the basilica to deliver a speech. Benedict, who turns 85 on April 16, was wrapping up stamina-taxing Holy Week ceremonies that drew huge crowds to Rome. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

Pope Benedict XVI bids farewell

February 11, 2013

The Catholic Church awoke March 1 with no leader following the resignation of Benedict XVI, who pledged obedience to his successor and described himself as "simply a pilgrim" starting the final journey of his life.

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