Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI
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    Last days of Pope Benedict XVI as leader of the Catholic Church
Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI
The unexpected move of Pope Ratzinger
On 11 February 2013 the Vatican announced the decision of Benedict XVI to step down as a leader of the Catholic Church. The Pope stated that the reason for his decision was his declining health due to old age. During his last days of pontificate, hundred thousands of people from all over the world came to Rome, to attend his last Angelus and the General Assembly and to give him their last goodbye. These pictures have been taken during those days
Visitors taking pictures inside the St. Peter Basilica.
Pope Benedict XVI passes through the crowd during his last General Audience.
Major of Rome Gianni Alemmano attending with his delegation Pope Benedict XVI's last second Angelus
Reverend Federico Lombardi during a press conference at the John Paul II Conference Hall of the Vatican Press Office, 
Posters over the streets of Rome, thanking Pope Benedict XVI 
People gather in St. Peter's Square to see the Last General Audience by Pope Benedict XVI.
A bishop walking through St. Marta square inside the Vatican City State.