Pope Benedict XVI waves as he takes helicopter ride

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leaves for the Italian town Castel Gandolfo.
Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leaves for the Italian town Castel Gandolfo. Credit: Reuters TV
Pope Benedict XVI prepares for helicopter take-off from The Vatican.
Pope Benedict XVI prepares for helicopter take-off from The Vatican. Credit: Reuters TV

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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.