Pope leaves Vatican in first retirement in 600 years

Pope Benedict XVI left Vatican City by helicopter as he prepared to become the first pontiff to abdicate in 600 years after meeting cardinals gathering in Rome who are charged with selecting his successor.

28th February, 2013
The helicopter carrying Benedict leaves the Vatican

Pope Benedict XVI left Vatican City by helicopter as he prepared to become the first pontiff to abdicate in 600 years after meeting cardinals gathering in Rome who are charged with selecting his successor.

The pope, 85, boarded a white Italian government helicopter with the white and yellow Vatican flag in the window for the 15-minute flight to the papal residence of Castel Gandolfo. Church bells sounded across Rome as the helicopter left Vatican city and...

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