Pope Benedict's final hours

 
 
 
  • Nuns arrive for a mass service to mark the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI at the St Hedwig's Cathedral in Berlin. (Odd Anderson, AFP)
  • The Vatican's flag is raised after the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI in Castel Gandolfo. (Vincenzo Pinto, AFP)
  • Pope Benedict XVI waves to faithful from a balcony upon arrival in Castel Gandolfo. (Vincenzo Pinto, AFP)
  • Devotees attend a mass service to mark the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI at the St Hedwig's Cathedral in Berlin. (Odd Andersen, AFP)
  • Nuns wait for the beginning of a thanksgiving service for outgoing pope Benedict XVI at the St Hedwig cathedral in Berlin, Germany. (Markus Schreiber, AP)
  • Pope Benedict XVI visits the relic of Pope Celestine V after covering it with a stole during his papal visit at St Maria of Collemaggio church. (Osservator Romano, AFP)
  • Pope Benedict XVI delivers a speech to cardinals in the Vatican's ornate Clementine Hall at the Vatican. (Osservator Romano, AFP)
  • A nun walks past posters of Pope Benedict XVI reading in Italian, " You will stay always with us. Thank you". (Gregorio Borgia, AP)
  • A calendar with an image of Pope Benedict XVI is seen in a shop window as a nun looks at it and a woman rests, in Castel Gandolfo. (Andrew Medichini, AP)
  • Two men sit in front of the pope's summer residence in Castel Gandolfo. (Andrew Medichini, AP)
  • The helicopter with Pope Benedict XVI aboard flies over St Peter’s square at the Vatican in Rome. (Alberto Pizzoli, AFP)
  • The helicopter taking Pope Benedict XVI to Castel Gandolfo leaves the Vatican in Rome. (Gregorio Borgia, AP)