The Vatican Prepares For The Departure Of Pope Benedict XVI

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The dome of St. Peter is seen from the Gianicolo on February 26, 2013... News PhotoCultures,Dome,Horizontal,Human Interest,Italy,Lifestyles,Religion,Rome - Italy,Spirituality,TravelPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Giorgio CosulichROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 26: The dome of St. Peter is seen from the Gianicolo on February 26, 2013 in Rome, Italy. 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 Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images)