Pope Benedict XVI bids farewell

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Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful during the Palm Sunday mass at St. Peter's square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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The Catholic Church awoke March 1 with no leader following the resignation of Benedict XVI, who pledged obedience to his successor and described himself as "simply a pilgrim" starting the final journey of his life.

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