Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful in St. Peter's Square

Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful in St. Peter's Square

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VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - FEBRUARY 17: Pope Benedict XVI delivers his Angelus Blessing from the window of his private studio overlooking St. Peter's Square on February 17, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The Pontiff will hold his last weekly public audience on February 27 at St Peter's Square after announcing his resignation last week. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

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Posted on February 17, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Updated Sunday, Feb 17 at 11:16 AM

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Benedict XVI is blessing the faithful from his window overlooking St. Peter's Square for the first time since announcing his resignation, cheered by an emotional crowd of tens of thousands of well-wishers from around the world.
 
Benedict triumphantly raised his arms outstretched to the crowd in his second-to-last Angelus blessing before leaving the papacy. A huge banner in the square read: "We love you."
 
The Sunday appointment is one of the most cherished traditions of the Catholic Church, and this moment is one of Benedict's last opportunities to connect with the Catholic masses.


 

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