Pope Benedict XVI was greeted by loud cheers and applause from the crowds below as he made his last appearance as the pontiff:
Pope Benedict XVI tells the cheering crowd at Castel Gandolfo, "I am simply a pilgrim who is ending his path on the Earth".
It marks his final appearance as pontiff.
The bells of St. Peters rang out as Pope Benedict XVI left The Vatican by helicopter:
Thank you for your love and support. May you always experience the joy that comes from putting Christ at the centre of your lives.