Pope addresses crowd at final public appearance

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Posted: Feb 27, 2013 8:21 AM
Updated: Feb 27, 2013 8:21 AM
Source: Associated Press

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VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict has made his public goodbye.

He addressed tens of thousands of people in and around St. Peter's Square today, in his final general audience before stepping down tomorrow.

The pope told the crowd he has had "moments of joy and light, but also moments that haven't been easy." But he says, "To love the church means also to have the courage to take difficult, painful decisions."

The pope was given a thundering applause and took a long victory lap around the square in an open-sided car.

He's the first pope to resign in 600 years.

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