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Pope Benedict XVI's final public address

Pope Benedict XVI recalled moments of 'joy and light' during his papacy but also times of great difficulty in an emotional, final address before an estimated crowd of 150,000 in St. Peter's Square.

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Feb. 27, 2013: Faithful gather during Pope Benedict XVI's last general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican.
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Feb. 27, 2013.: Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, of the Philippines, center, is seen amongst other cardinals as he arrives to attend Pope Benedict XVI's last general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.
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Feb. 27, 2013: Pope Benedict XVI waves from his pope-mobile as he is driven through the crowd during his last general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican.
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Feb. 27, 2013: Faithful are reflected in the roof of Pope Benedict XVI's pope-mobile as he arrives with his personal secretary Archbishop Georg Gaenswein, right, for his last general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican.

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Feb. 27, 2013: Pope Benedict XVI opens his arms during his final general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday. Pope Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff Wednesday at his final general audience in St. Peter's Square, recalling moments of "joy and light" during his papacy but also times of great difficulty. He also thanked his flock for respecting his decision to retire.
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Feb. 27, 2013: Pope Benedict XVI reads a message during his final general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.
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Feb. 27, 2013: Cardinals applaud during Pope Benedict XVI's final general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.
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Pope Benedict XVI's final public address

Pope Benedict XVI recalled moments of 'joy and light' during his papacy but also times of great difficulty in an emotional, final address before an estimated crowd of 150,000 in St. Peter's Square.

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