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Benedict XVI, who leaves office today

This has been a very great pontificate: we now need a vigorous pope who will defeat the treacherous bureaucrats who undermined Pope Benedict

Pope Benedict XVI delivers his final public address at Castel Gandolfo. Photo: PA

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Benedict XVI blesses pilgrims at Castel Gandolfo (Photo: PA)

Benedict XVI delivers his final words as Pope to cheering pilgrims at Castel Gandolfo

Pope Benedict XVI addresses the College of Cardinals on the final day of his papacy (Photo: CNS)

‘Among you,’ Benedict XVI told the assembled cardinals, ‘is the future pope’

Pope tells president of the Slovakian Republic: ‘I would have gone to Slovakia this year’

Pope gives his final greetings to cardinals and other Vatican officials (Photo: PA)

Benedict XVI promises his ‘unconditional obedience’ to next pope

Benedict XVI waves to the faithful (Photo: CNS)

Benedict XVI thanks Catholics around the world for their support in final address as pope

Benedict XVI greets pilgrims in St Peter's Square before his last general audience (Photo: PA)

Full text of Benedict XVI’s last address

At last general audience the Pope says during his pontificate he felt the Lord’s presence every day

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

Archbishop Robert Zollitsch (Photo: CNS)

Archbishop Zollitsch says Germany ‘in some sense shared the honour’ of Benedict XVI being elected