The Pope was given a standing ovation in St. Peter's Basilica as he presided over Ash Wednesday Mass. The occasion marked the Pope's final public mass before he resigns at the end of the month.
Pope Benedict XVI's final mass
Worshippers crowded in to get a glimpse of Pope Benedict XVI at his last public mass at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Allen Pizzey reports.
Pope Benedict XVI waves after celebrating Mass on February 13, 2013 at the Vatican
Pope Benedict XVI waves after celebrating Mass on February 13, 2013 at the Vatican. His final homily was a hard-hitting one. He condemned the "hypocrisy" of those who use their religion just for show and urged an end to "rivalry" and "divisions" within a Church that has been plagued in recent years by a series of scandals
Pope Benedict XVI Celebrates Ash Wednesday Mass - February 13, 2013
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - FEBRUARY 13: Faithful leave Saint Peters' Basilica after the celebration of the Ash Wednesday mass on February 13, 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 earlier this week. (Photo by Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images)
Cardinals look at Pope Benedict XVI during the Ash Wednesday Mass, marking the start of Lent on February 13, 2013
Cardinals look at Pope Benedict XVI during the Ash Wednesday Mass, marking the start of Lent on February 13, 2013 at St Peter's basilica at the Vatican. The pope address a group of parish priests from Rome on Thursday, a day after emotional scenes at his final papal mass in public in St Peter's Basilica before stepping down at the end of the month