Pope Benedict bids goodbye to cardinals

Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful before leaving the altar at the end of his last weekly audience on February 27, 2013 at St Peter's Square.

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On the final day of his papacy, Pope Benedict XVI met with cardinals at the Vatican on Thursday, saying "I will continue to serve you in prayer."

After the pontiff completed his remarks, the cardinals greeted him individually, shaking hands and sharing a few words with the retiring head of the Catholic Church.

Benedict announced on February 11 that he would step down, becoming the first living pope to quit his job in 598 years.