Pope addresses Cardinals for the final time

Pope Benedict XVI addresses during the last meeting with the Cardinals at the Vatican

Pope Benedict XVI Holds His Final General Audience Before His Retirement

VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - FEBRUARY 27: Cardinals attend the Pope Benedict XVI's final general audience in St. Peter's Square on February 27, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The Pontiff attended his last weekly public audience before stepping down tomorrow. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He cites ailing health as his reason for retirement and will spend the rest of his life in solitude away from public engagements. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Pope Benedict XVI Holds His Final General Audience Before His Retirement

VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - FEBRUARY 27: Archbishops (purple hats) and cardinals (red hats) wait in St Peter's Square before Pope Benedict XVI's final weekly public audience on February 27, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The Pontiff has attended his last weekly public audience before stepping down tomorrow. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He cites ailing health as his reason for retirement and will spend the rest of his life in solitude away from public engagements. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Pope Benedict XVI Holds His Final General Audience Before His Retirement

VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - FEBRUARY 27: Two cardinals chat in St. Peter's Square before Pope Benedict XVI's final general audience on February 27, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The Pontiff attended his last weekly public audience before stepping down tomorrow. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He cites ailing health as his reason for retirement and will spend the rest of his life in solitude away from public engagements. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Pope Benedict XVI Holds His Final General Audience Before His Retirement

VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - FEBRUARY 27: Pope Benedict XVI waves to Bishops (L) and Cardinals (2L) as he arrives in St Peter's Square in the Popemobile on February 27, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The Pontiff has attended his last weekly public audience before stepping down tomorrow. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He cites ailing health as his reason for retirement and will spend the rest of his life in solitude away from public engagements. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Pope Benedict XVI Holds His Final General Audience Before His Retirement

VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - FEBRUARY 27: Cardinals arrive in St Peter's Square before Pope Benedict XVI's final weekly public audience on February 27, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The Pontiff has attended his last weekly public audience before stepping down tomorrow. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He cites ailing health as his reason for retirement and will spend the rest of his life in solitude away from public engagements. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)