Benedict XVI's reign as Pope ends

The Swiss Guards close the doors of the residence at Castel Gondolfo.
The Swiss Guards close the doors of the residence at Castel Gondolfo. Credit: Reuters TV

Benedict XVI has now ceased his reign as Pope.

The Swiss Guards who stand watch at the pontiff's residence have marched off in a sign the papacy is now vacant.

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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.