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Pope Benedict XVI bids farewell

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Pope Benedict XVI leaves the altar at the end of his last weekly audience on Feb. 27, 2013 at St Peter's square in Vatican City.

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Oli Scarff

Outgoing Pope Benedict XVI addressed a crowd of tens of thousands at St. Peters Square in Rome on Feb. 27. It was an emotional farewell in which the pontiff claimed that he had resigned while "keeping the good of the church in mind."

Benedict's resignation will take full effect on Feb. 28, making the farewell address the pope's last as the infallible pontiff. Reuters estimates that around 150,000 gathered to witness the Pope's farewell, including numerous cardinals who will help to choose his successor.

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    The faithful fill St Peter's Square as Pope Benedict XVI attends his last public audience on Feb. 27, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican.

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    Pope Benedict XVI driving through St. Peter's Square on Feb. 27, 2013 in Vatican City.

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    Pope Benedict XVI arrives for his last weekly audience on Feb. 27, 2013 at St Peter's square in Vatican City.

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    Pope Benedict XVI arrives for his last weekly audience on Feb. 27, 2013 at St Peter's square in Vatican City.

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    Pope Benedict XVI leads his last weekly audience on Feb. 27, 2013 at St Petr's square in Vatican City.

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    Pope Benedict XVI blesses the crowd in St. Peter's Square on Feb. 27, 2013 in Vatican City.

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    People hold a placard reading 'Thank you' during Pope Benedict XVI's last weekly audience on Feb. 27, 2013 at St Peter's square in Vatican City.

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    Pope Benedict XVI addresses the crowd in St Peter's Square on Feb. 27, 2013 in Vatican City.

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    Pope Benedict XVI during his last weekly audience on Feb. 27, 2013 at St Peter's square in Vatican City.

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    Pope Benedict XVI leaves the altar at the end of his last weekly audience on Feb. 27, 2013 at St Peter's square in Vatican City.

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    Oli Scarff