The day in pictures - Wednesday 27 February 2013

Vatican City, Vatican City

Thousands of people gathered in St Peter's Square for Pope Benedict XVI's last public appearance before he resigns tomorrow - the first pontiff to do so in almost 600 years.

Thousands gather to see Pope Benedict XVI in St Peter's Square. Credit: REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Bucharest, Romania

An animal rights group transferred two bears and four lions owned by a moneylender to a state-owned zoo. Romanian law prohibits the possession of wild animals by individuals.

A sedated lion is seen through a transport cage. Credit: REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

Lahore, Pakistan

A boy collects plastic goods from a pile of rubbish in the main sewerage area in Lahore, Pakistan.

A boy hunts for plastic in a pile of rubbish. Credit: REUTERS/Mohsin Raza

Huong Son, Vietnam

Pilgrims travel by boat to the Chua Huong festival (Perfume Pagoda) which is just outside Hanoi. The festival is the longest and most crowded in Vietnam and last three months in Spring.

Pilgrims travel by boat to the Chua Huong festival. Credit: Reuters

Zurich, Switzerland

A humanoid robot called ROBOY was presented the media in Zurich. A project team has been working on the robot since June 2012.

ROBOY was presented to the media today. Credit: REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Three children help launch the World Police and Fire Games Schools Roadshow in Belfast.

(Left - right) Olivia McCaffrey, aged 6, Rory Thompson, aged 5, and Jordan Gill, aged 6. Credit: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Washington, USA

President Barack Obama unveiled a statue of civil rights activist Rosa Parks,whose refusal to move seats on a segregated bus was a key moment in African-American's struggle for civil rights.

President Barack Obama unveiled a statue of Rosa Parks. Credit: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Maseru, Lesotho

Prince Harry and Lesotho's Prince Seeiso join in with a kneeling dance at the Kananelo Centre for the Deaf.

Prince Harry attempts a kneeling dance in Lesotho. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire