Benedict XVI's final farewell as he leaves papacy

Today marked the final day of Benedict XVI as Pope.

Crowds cheered as he gave a final farewell from the balcony of the papal palace in the Italian town of Castel Gandolfo.

Later, he tweeted that he is "now a simple pilgrim, on his final pilgrimage".

From Rome, ITV News Europe Editor James Mates reports:

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Benedict XVI leaves papacy

Pope Benedict XVI has officially ended his term as pope, becoming the first pope to do so since 1415.