Pope blesses 100,000 in one of final acts

11:20 AM, Feb 17, 2013   |    comments
Pope Benedict XVI delivers his Angelus Blessing from the window of his private studio overlooking St. Peter's Square on February 17, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The Pontiff will hold his last weekly public audience on February 27 at St Peter's Square after announcing his resignation last week. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
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VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict has blessed a huge crowd from his window overlooking for the first time since announcing his resignation. 

Rome's mayor says more than 100,000 people crowded St. Peter's Square Sunday.  Benedict triumphantly raised his arms outstretched to the crowd in his second-to-last Angelus blessing before leaving the papacy. 

A huge banner in the square read: "We love you."  The pope's voice was strong and clear as he spoke in Italian, English, French, German, Polish and Spanish, asking Spanish-speaking pilgrims to "continue praying for me and for the next pope." 

The Sunday appointment is one of the most cherished traditions of the Catholic Church, and this moment is one of Benedict's last opportunities to connect with the Catholic masses.

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