The Pope Attends His Final Angelus Prayers Before His Retirement


A statue of a saint stands in St. Peter's colonnade as Pope Benedict... News PhotoAbundance,Colonnade,Flat,Group Of People,Horizontal,International Landmark,People,Pilgrimage,Pope,Pope Benedict XVI,Religion,Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI,Spirituality,St Peter's Square,Standing,State of the Vatican City,Statue,Vatican City,WindowPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesVATICAN CITY, VATICAN - FEBRUARY 24: A statue of a saint stands in St. Peter's colonnade as Pope Benedict XVI delivers his last Angelus Blessing from the window of his private apartment to thousands of pilgrims gathered in Saint Peter's Square 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 Franco Origlia/Getty Images)