Well-wishers gather to see Pope leave The Vatican

When the Swiss Guards (c) leave their post the papacy will officially be vacant.
When the Swiss Guards (c) leave their post the papacy will officially be vacant. Credit: Reuters TV
Cardinals, nuns and the Swiss Guard gather to see Pope Benedict XVI leave The Vatican.
Cardinals, nuns and the Swiss Guard gather to see Pope Benedict XVI leave 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.