February 27, 2013
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Pope Benedict XVI held his last general audience in St. Peter's Square.
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The faithful gathered to hear the pope.
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An image of Pope Benedict hung from St. Anthony of Padua Church reading "Thank you holy father."
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Posters of Pope Benedict hung in Vatican City.
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Former Archbishop of Boston cardinal Bernard Law attended the pope's general audience.
Cardinal Roger Mahoney stood next to a row of chairs in St. Peter's Square.
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A Swiss Guard stood in St Peter's Square ahead of Pope Benedict XVI's final general audience.
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Cardinal Bernard Law attended the audience.
Benedict left St. Peter's Square after the general audience.
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Benedict waved as he arrived at St. Peter's Square.
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Nuns held prayer cards with Benedict's image.
The faithful held a placard with a drawing of Benedict.
An attendee brought binoculars for a better view.
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Nuns waved Indian and Argentine flags in St. Peter's Square.
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The pope arrived with his personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gaenswein.
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Attendees waved flags at St. Peter's Square.
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Crowds flocked to St. Peter's Square.
Benedict kissed a child.
A sign reading "thank you" in Italian was held at the square.
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The pope wore the Ring of the Fisherman.
Pope Benedict XVI waved to the faithful as he arrived in St Peter's Square.
Benedict waved to the faithful.
Attendees waved US flags.
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Pope Benedict opened his arms during his final general audience.
The faithful gathered at St. Peter's Square.
A member of the Swiss guard stood in front of the Vatican.
Nuns attended Pope Benedict XVI's last general audience in St. Peter's Square.
A Blackberry mobile phone displayed Pope Benedict's last tweet.
Pope Benedict XVI left after his last general audience in St Peter's Square.