Pope Benedict XVI has made his first appearance at St Peter's Square window since announcing his resignation.
At his penultimate Sunday address he thanked faithful "for the prayers and support you have shown to me in these days."
Speaking in Spanish the pontiff added: "I beg you to continue praying for me and the next Pope."
So, we're all shocked at the resignation of the Pope, but what happens next?
Pope Benedict XVI has made the announcement that he will resign as the head of the Roman Catholic Church due to his "advanced age."
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