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Pope Benedict's papacy in photos

  • Pope Benedict XVI is shown in side-by-side images from 2005 and 2013. At left is the pope in a photo taken May 4, 2005, about two weeks after his election. At right is an image taken Feb. 6 at the Vatican. (CNS/Nancy Phelan Wiechec and Paul Haring)
  • The new Pope Benedict XVI greets the world from St. Peter's Basilica after his election April 19, 2005. He was 78 at the time. (CNS/Nancy Wiechec)
  • Pope Benedict XVI after his election April 19, 2005 (CNS/Nancy Wiechec)
  • Pope Benedict XVI responds to the cheers of World Youth Day pilgrims as he cruises in a boat down the Rhine River in Cologne in 2005. (CNS/Reuters)
  • Pope Benedict XVI waves to pilgrims after a 2006 Mass on Islinger Field near Regensburg, Germany. (CNS/Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach)
  • U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi kisses Pope Benedict XVI's ring during a welcoming ceremony for the pontiff on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington in this April 16, 2008, photo. (CNS/Joshua Roberts)
  • Pope Benedict XVI waves as he departs a rally with youths and seminarians at St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers, N.Y., in this April 19, 2008, photo. (CNS/Bob Roller)
  • Pope Benedict XVI is pictured during an April 20, 2008, Mass in Yankee Stadium in New York. (CNS/Nancy Phelan Wiechec)
  • Pope Benedict XVI and Italy's President Giorgio Napolitano attend a concert marking the third anniversary of the pontiff's election at the Vatican on April 24, 2008. (CNS/Reuters/Tony Gentile)
  • Pope Benedict XVI waves to the crowd as he departs Yankee Stadium in 2008 after celebrating Mass in New York. (CNS/Nancy Phelan Wiechec)
  • Pope Benedict XVI cuts a cake presented to him by crew and staff from Air Malta on his return flight to Rome on April 18, 2010, after a two-day visit to Malta. The crew was honoring the pope for the fifth anniversary of his election. (CNS/L'Osservatore Romano)
  • Pope Benedict XVI reads a message after an Oct. 28, 2008, Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. The Mass marked the 50th anniversary of the election of Blessed Pope John XXIII. (CNS/Reuters/Giampiero Sposito)
  • Pope Benedict XVI during an Aug. 4, 2010, general audience in St. Peter's Square. (CNS/Paul Haring)
  • Men look at a giant blow-up of a front page of the German Bild newspaper from April 5, 2005, in Berlin on Sept. 19, 2011. The pope visited Germany for four days beginning Sept. 22. (CNS/Reuters/Thomas Peter)
  • Pope Benedict XVI waves from his popemobile as he leaves the cathedral in Cotonou, Benin, Nov. 18, 2011. The pope was in the West African nation to present the conclusions of the 2009 Synod of Bishops for Africa. It was his second trip to Africa as pope. (CNS/Paul Haring)
  • Pope Benedict XVI walks with a cane as he arrives Feb. 8 to meet with seminarians in Rome. (CNS/Reuters/Tony Gentile)
  • Pope Benedict XVI uses a handrail as he walks down stairs of the main altar after giving a talk in St. Peter's Basilica at the conclusion of a Feb. 9 Mass for the Knights of Malta. (CNS/Paul Haring)
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Pope Benedict XVI was elected pope in April 2005. Here's a look back at the last eight years of his papacy.

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