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Pope Benedict XVI waves to Catholic faithful as he arrives at the basilica in Ouidah, Benin Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday called on Africa's leaders to stop depriving their people of hope and to govern responsibly, just hours before he planned to unveil a pastoral guide for the continent which attempts to use church doctrine to address Africa's problems.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Pope Benedict XVI bids farewell

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.