February 28, 2013 – 05:54 PM

Picture This: Liftoff

AFP

Pope Benedict XVI lifts off from the Vatican at just after 5:00 p.m. as scheduled on Thursday, heading for Castel Gandolfo. The short flight ended his papacy and marks the first time a pope has voluntarily stepped down in over 600 years. Upon arrival at the papal summer residence, he told a crowd that "I am simply a pilgrim who is ending his path on this earth."

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