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Monsignor Kevin Irwin

Guidebooks, in various languages, are displayed for sale in front of Saint Peter's Square ahead of Pope Benedict XVI's last public audience on Feb. 26, 2013 in Rome, Italy. The Pontiff will hold his last weekly public audience on Feb. 27, 2013 before he retires the following day. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He cites ailing health as his reason for retirement and will spend the rest of his life in solitude away from public engagements. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

World Converges On Rome For Benedict XVI’s Farewell To The Papacy

An ancient institution is being challenged by an uncertain situation — the historic resignation of a pope, a man even his critics concede is blessed by a tremendous intellect.

02/26/2013