The Vatican Prepares For The Retirement Of Pope Benedict XVI's Retirement

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Sculptures on top of the Colonnades in St Peter's Square are covered... News PhotoColonnade,Cultures,Horizontal,Human Interest,International Landmark,On Top Of,Religion,Sculpture,Spirituality,St. Peter's Square,State of the Vatican City,VaticanPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesVATICAN CITY, VATICAN - FEBRUARY 24: Sculptures on top of the Colonnades in St Peter's Square are covered in protective netting during restoration on February 24, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The Pontiff will hold his last weekly public audience on February 27, 2013 before he retires the following day. 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. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)