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Followers throng to see Benedict

He’s touched by turnout in one of last appearances as pope

Posted: February 18, 2013 at 4:53 a.m.

A priest displays a placard in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican as he follows Pope Benedict XVI reciting the Angelus prayer Sunday. The pope blessed the faithful from his window overlooking St. Peter’s Square for the first time since announcing his resignation.

His arms outstretched in a symbolic embrace, Pope Benedict XVI blessed tens of thousands of cheering people Sunday in one of his last appearances as pontiff from his window overlooking St. Peter’s Square.

Pope blesses thousands at St. Peter's Square

Pope Benedict has blessed a huge crowd from his window overlooking for the first time since announcing his resignation. Rome's mayor says more than 100,000 people crowded St. Peter's Square today. (By The Associated Press)
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Pope Benedict XVI acknowledges a cheering crowd of faithful and pilgrims during the Angelus prayer from the window of his apa... (By: DOMENICO STINELLIS ) (Credit: AP)

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Nuns pray before the start of Pope Benedict XVI’s Angelus prayer in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Sunday. (By: ALESSANDRA TARANTINO ) (Credit: AP)

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