Pope Delivers Final ‘Angelus’

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - FEBRUARY 24:  Pope Benedict XVI delivers his last Angelus Blessing from the window of his private apartment to thousands of pilgrims gathered in Saint Peter's Square on February 24, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The Pontiff will hold his last weekly public audience on February 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 Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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    The Vatican took a break from chastising the media for “defamatory” reports in order to honor Pope Benedict XVI’s final Sunday blessing. Massive crowds gathered in St. Peters Square to listen to as he delivered his final “Angelus,” a Christian devotional prayer dedicated to the birth and death of Christ. Speaking from his apartment window above the square, Benedict thanked the crowd for their “affection” and promised them that he would be taking up a life of prayer, in order to "be able to continue serving the church." The Vatican was seething Saturday over rumors that a secret cross-dressing gay sex scandal was behind Benedict’s resignation, calling the false reports an attempt to influence the upcoming election of his successor.

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