Pope in pictures

 
 
 
  • Germany's Joseph Ratzinger, the new Pope Benedict XVI, waves to crowd from the window of St Peter's Basilica's main balcony after being elected the 265th pope of the Roman Catholic Church on 19th April 2005 at the Vatican City. (AFP)
  • Pope Benedict XVI delivers the traditional "Urbi et Orbi" message from the loggia of Saint Peter's basilica at the Vatican after celebrating the first Easter of his pontificate. (AFP)
  • Pope Benedict XVI gestures after celebrating the midnight mass in St Peter's basilica at the Vatican, 25 December 2006. (AFP)
  • The Pope blesses pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square at the Vatican for the general audience 27 April 2005. The Pope stressed Europe's "inalienable" Christian roots in the first general audience of his pontificate, which he said marked a return to normality after the tumultuous events of the past month. (AFP)
  • Pope Benedict XVI applauds as he watches a firework spectacles during a meeting with Catholic youths from all over Brazil and Latin America, at the Pacaembu sports stadium in Sao Paulo, on May 10th, 2007. (AFP)
  • The Pope carries a censer at the beginning of the holy mass and canonization of devout Friar Galvao, at Campo de Marte, 11 May 2007, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (AFP)
  • Pope Benedict XVI waves from the window of his plane as he lands in the United States on April 15, 2008. Benedict XVI is just the second pope to visit the White House and the first to visit in nearly three decades. (AFP)
  • Pope Benedict XVI leaves after blessing pilgrims gathered in the courtyard of his summer residence of Castelgandolfo, 40 km southeast of Rome. (AFP)
  • Pope Benedict XVI kisses a baby as he arrives at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney for the start of the World Youth Day (WYD) final mass on July 20, 2008. Pope Benedict XVI celebrated an open-air mass with hundreds of thousands of pilgrims to end a week of World Youth Day festivities marked by a historic papal apology for priestly sex abuse of children. (AFP)
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  • Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithfull from his popemobile on his way to visit the nativity in St Peter's Square after celebrating the Vespers and Te Deum prayer in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on December 31, 2009. (AFP)
  • Pope Benedict XVI looks on following a meeting with the Sri Lankan President at the Vatican on June 8, 2012. (AFP)
  • Pope Benedict XVI wears a typical Mexican hat as he arrives to lead the holy mass celebration at the Parque del Bicentenario in Silao on March 25, 2012. (AFP)
  • Pope Benedict XVI and late pope's John Paul II's personal secretary, Polish Stanislaw Dziwisz attend the screening of a new film on the late pope John Paul II on October 16, 2008 at the Vatican. The film based on the memoirs of Dziwisz reveals that a crazed priest who tried to assassinate him with a bayonet in 1982 in Fatima, managed to reach him and draw blood with the weapon. (AFP)
  • Pope Benedict XVI delivers the "Urbi et Orbi" Message and blessing to faithful from the central loggia of St Peter's basilica after the Easter Holy Mass on April 8, 2012 at The Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday called for peace and stability in Mali and condemned the "savage terrorist attacks" against Christian churches in Nigeria and for an end to bloodshed in Syria. (AFP)
  • Pope Benedict XVI greets the pilgrims and faithfull in the courtyard of his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, outside Rome, during his traditionnal sunday Angelus prayer, 17 September 2006. (AFP)
  • Pope Benedict XVI leads the holy mass on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the the discovery of the image of the "Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre" at Antonio Maceo square in Santiago de Cuba on March 26, 2012. (AFP)
  • Pope Benedict XVI sends his first twitter message during his weekly general audience at the Paul VI hall at the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI sent his first tweet the handle @pontifex, blessing his hundreds of thousands of new Internet followers. (AFP)
  • A Mitre is placed on Pope Benedict XVI head during an open-air mass in Beirut's waterfront on September 16, 2012, on the final day of his visit to Lebanon. (AFP)
  • Pope Benedict XVI celebrates the Vespers and Te Deum prayers in Saint Peter's Basilica to mark the end of 2012 at the Vatican on December 31, 2012. (AFP)