The door closes on Benedict XVI's papacy

The door has closed on Benedict XVI's time as Pope, as, for the first time in six centuries, the pontiff stepped down.

The now Pope Emeritus delivered his final papal message from the balcony of his temporary home in Castel Gandolfo which was, "Thank you all. Goodnight".

ITV News Europe Editor James Mates reports from Rome:

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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.