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Pope Benedict XVI's Final Papal Audience

By Bloomberg Photos - 2013-02-27T11:41:50Z

Photograph by Gregorio Borgia/AP Photo

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The Final Address

Pope Benedict XVI called on Christians to lead a life that's "coherent" with their beliefs in his last public address before becoming the first Roman Catholic pontiff in six centuries to leave power.

The German-born Benedict, 85, addressed a general audience of tens of thousands of pilgrims in St. Peter's Square today. Entering the 17th-century square in the "Popemobile" for a final blessing, he spoke from a stage in front of St. Peter's Basilica. Benedict will become the first pope tomorrow to leave office since Gregory XII in 1415.

Left, Pope Benedict XVI waves to the gathered crowds during his final public address in St. Peter's Square, in Vatican City, on Feb. 27, 2013.