1945 GMT: So Benedict XVI's time as pope is officially over.
Pope Benedict XVI reacts after making his last address to faithful from a balcony upon arrival in Castel Gandolfo on February 28, 2013. Once he steps down later in the day, Pope Benedict XVI will begin his retirement in the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, a sumptuous villa outside Rome with ornamental gardens, breathtaking views and its own farm.
Now pope emeritus, he becomes the first pontiff in 700 years to resign after announcing earlier this month that he no longer had the "strength of mind and body" to continue.
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