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Way Of The Cross Led By Pope Benedict XVI

ROME, ITALY - APRIL 06: Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful gathered at the Colosseum during the Way Of The Cross procession on Good Friday April 6, 2012 in Rome, Italy. The traditional Catholic procession on Good Friday recalls the crucifixion of Jesus Christ ahead of Sunday's Easter holiday. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

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.