Pope Benedict XVI bids farewell

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Pope Benedict XVI is helped on to the altar by Bishop Guido Marini, right, during the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 24, 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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