In pictures: Pope Benedict XVI

The Queen shakes hands with Pope Benedict XVI at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh in 2010 during his tour of Britain.
The Queen shakes hands with Pope Benedict XVI at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh in 2010 during his tour of Britain. Photo: Reuters/Osservatore Romano
Pope Benedict (right) seen in 1951 with his brother Georg Ratzinger and friend Rupert Berger on the day that they were ordained.
Pope Benedict (right) seen in 1951 with his brother Georg Ratzinger and friend Rupert Berger on the day that they were ordained. Credit: Reuters
Pope Benedict XVI sits with cardinals during his inaugural mass in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican April 24, 2005.
Pope Benedict XVI sits with cardinals during his inaugural mass in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican, April 24, 2005. Credit: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach CRB/JJ
German Pope Benedict XVI holds his pastoral staff as he arrives to lead his first public mass in 2005.
German Pope Benedict XVI holds his pastoral staff as he arrives to lead his first public mass in 2005. Credit: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach CRB/JJ
A large crowd fills St Peter's Square during the Inaugural Mass.
A large crowd fills St Peter's Square during the Inaugural Mass. Credit: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach CRB/JJ
The Pope holds up the gospels in St. Peter's Square.
The Pope holds up the gospels in St. Peter's Square. Credit: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach CRB/JJ
Pope Benedict XVI succeeded Pope John Paul II.
Pope Benedict XVI succeeded Pope John Paul II. Credit: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach CRB/JJ
Pope Benedict XVI's holds a portrait of the late Pope John Paul II.
Pope Benedict XVI's holds a portrait of the late Pope John Paul II. Credit: REUTERS/Max Rossi
Prime Minister David Cameron and Pope Benedict XVI chat after speeches at a departure ceremony at Birmingham International Airport in 2010.
Prime Minister David Cameron and Pope Benedict XVI chat after speeches at a departure ceremony at Birmingham International Airport in 2010. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Pope Benedict XVI blessing a baby as he arrives in Hyde Park for a Prayer Vigil.
Pope Benedict XVI blessing a baby as he arrives in Hyde Park for a Prayer Vigil. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Pope Benedict XVI with the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams at a private meeting in 2009.
Pope Benedict XVI with the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams at a private meeting in 2009. Credit: ITV News
The Pope leaves at the end of today's St. Peter's Basilica mass in the Vatican following his resignation.
The Pope leaves at the end of today's St. Peter's Basilica mass in the Vatican following his resignation. Credit: Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi