Pope Benedict leaves Vatican for Castel Gandolfo

  • People in the Vatican's St. Peter's Square watch a giant screen showing the helicopter waiting to carry Pope Benedict XVI to the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, Italy, on Thursday, the final day of his papacy. (CNS/Reuters/Stefano Rellandini)
  • A woman cries near a giant screen showing the departure of Pope Benedict XVI from the Vatican to the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, Italy. (CNS/Reuters/Stefano Rellandini)
  • Clergy and Vatican workers wave from a rooftop as the helicopter carrying Pope Benedict XVI leaves the Vatican on its way to the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo. (CNS/Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi)
  • Pope Benedict XVI greets a crowd gathered for his arrival Thursday in Castel Gandolfo, Italy. It was his final public appearance before he drew to a close his papacy. "I am a simple pilgrim who begins the last stage of his pilgrimage on this earth," he said. (CNS/Paul Haring)
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