Pope gives last Sunday blessing
Cardinals gather to see him retire, begin planning conclave
Posted: February 25, 2013 at 12:40 a.m.
Pope Benedict XVI bestowed his final Sunday blessing of his pontificate on a cheering crowd in St. Peter’s Square, explaining that his waning years and energy made him better suited to the life of private prayer he soon will spend in a secluded monastery than as leader of the Roman Catholic Church. On Thursday evening, the 85-year-old German-born theologian will become the first pope to have resigned from the papacy in 600 years.
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