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        2/27/2013, Adar 17, 5773

      Pope Benedict XVI Delivers Final Public Address

      Pope Benedict XVI bade farewell to tens of thousands of the faithful on Wednesday as he delivered his final public address from a balcony at S. Peter’s Square in Rome. The leader of the Roman Catholic Church made history this month by announcing his resignation from office, the first pontiff to do so since the Middle Ages. This past Sunday, Benedict gave his blessing at the Vatican to another crowd of thousands who massed in order to hear his final public Sunday supplications. “I would like to thank everyone for the help I have received,” the pope said.