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Pope Benedict XVI Holds His Final General Audience Before His Retirement

VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - FEBRUARY 27: A priest runs to get into St Peter's Square ahead of Pope Benedict XVI's last public audience on February 27, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The Pontiff will hold his last weekly public audience later before he abdicates tomorrow. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He cites ailing health as his reason for retirement and will spend the rest of his life in solitude away from public engagements.n (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Pope Benedict XVI's final address

A huge crowd gathered in St Peter's Square on Wednesday to bid goodbye

to Pope Benedict the day before he becomes the first pontiff in some six

centuries to step down.