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Best moments of Benedict XVI’s pontificate

Relive Pope Benedict’s eight-year pontificate in less than two minutes

Thousands flock to see Benedict XVI in last public event as Pope

About 200,000 people were expected to attend the general audience

Pope tells priests: I will always be close to you, even though I will be hidden

Benedict XVI speaks off-the-cuff about Vatican II in audience with priests

Pope’s secretary moved to tears during Mass

Benedict XVI was the only person able to hold back tears during his last Mass as pope at St Peter’s Basilica

Benedict XVI thanks everyone during last Mass at St Peter’s

The Pope celebrated an emotional last Mass for the distribution of the ashes, kissing the basilica’s altar for the last time