Pope Benedict XVI delivered his final public blessing on Sunday to a crowd of thousands at St. Peter's Square in Vatican City.
"Thank you for your affection," the pope told the crowd as he appeared at the window of his apartment overlooking the square.
He told the crowd that he will take up a life of prayer and meditation "to be able to continue serving the church."
After the brief sermon, he chanted the Angelus, a common Catholic prayer, with the crowd.
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